Treatments for breast cancer are enabling more people to live longer, but survivorship can take a toll on the person’s mental health, says Marleen I. Meyers, MD, clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine and director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center. Hormone therapy, for example, can lead to depression in some people with breast cancer.
“I’ve been an oncologist for a long time, and early on, we were just happy that people survived,” Dr. Meyers tells Everyday Health. “We didn’t really look at what their quality of life after survivorship was. I always like to say that the cancer treatment may be over, but the cancer experience is far from over.”
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