Receiving a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis is a frightening, exhausting, and life-changing experience. You've probably faced a confusing array of treatment options and have been asked to make many difficult decisions. Along with our partners, we are here to make sure you have the resources and support you need.
It’s often difficult to keep your family life in order while you are going through treatment, especially when your loved ones are used to relying on you for support. You may have had to accept help when you are used to being the caretaker. You may have tried to put on a brave face to keep from worrying others. And you may have heard that having a family history increases one’s risk for cancer. So in addition to dealing with your own cancer journey, you’re discovering that your diagnosis may indicate that your siblings or children have an increased chance of developing cancer as well.
You may feel concern or guilt over this discovery. These feelings are completely normal, but developing cancer is not your fault.
In fact, by taking steps to learn more about your family’s cancer risks, you have the opportunity to arm your loved ones with life-saving knowledge and empower those around you to be proactive advocates for their own breast and ovarian health.
Your doctor or genetic counselor can help you decide if genetic testing is needed to determine future cancer risks for you and your family. Start by checking out our Hereditary Cancer page for signs that your cancer might be hereditary.
Use what you’ve been through as a source of inspiration and motivation for those around you.
Make sure the people you love know how they can be proactive with their breast and ovarian health by:
This will undoubtedly be a difficult process for you and your family. It’s important to take care of yourself. Don’t be afraid to lean on others for support or seek professional counseling.
There are many organizations that provide information, support, and community for young breast and ovarian cancer survivors.
Some of our favorites include: