My story podcast: Professor Naz Derakhshan on PTSD
A study published by psycho-oncology revealed that nearly 80% of women with a breast cancer diagnosis experienced PTSD for at least a year after their diagnosis. We speak to Professor Naz Derakhshan about PTSD, how it affects women with breast cancer and what you can do to manage the symptoms.
Once treatment ends the expectation is that you’re cured, you’re alright and that you move on. You’re ready to face the world. In fact it’s that time you are at your most vulnerable… You don’t want to appear weak or that you’re not coping properly… You are trying to move forward but there’s also this other big stuff that you’re taking with you and it’s pushed to the side.
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After being diagnosed with breast cancer at 27 and encountering difficulties during treatment, Melissa was constantly worried. It wasn’t until she went to therapy that she realised she’d been experiencing physical and mental symptoms of health anxiety and PTSD.
Carly lost both her mum and her grandmother to breast cancer, so she almost expected to get a diagnosis at some point. However, it came much sooner than she thought, and presented a lot of challenges - both mental and physical.
After losing her mum to ovarian cancer, Naomi discovered she had inherited an altered BRCA2 gene which increases her risk of breast and ovarian cancer. She wants to do all she can to decrease her risk, but she is apprehensive about surgery.
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