A breast cancer diagnosis can be a life changing event that leaves a patient feeling helpless and alone. Even adopting a new way of life between surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy can make fighting cancer feel like an eternal battle. However, a recent study by researchers at Penn State University suggests that, women with strong social circles, who are being treated for breast cancer have a higher survival rate than others. There are 3 other ways proven to help you live longer, stated below.
Expand Your Social Circle
Support groups may come in a variety of formats. This include in person, on the Internet, or by telephone. Some groups are educational and structured. For example, the group leader may invite a doctor, psychologist, nurse or social worker to talk about a topic related to the group’s needs. Other support groups lay emphasis on emotional support and shared experiences.
The researchers emphasize social connections can also go beyond support groups, including a significant other, friend or family member. Many cancer patients will report feeling chronic fatigue during and post-treatment, which can make it difficult to do daily tasks.
A 2016 study showed that women with abundant social ties had significantly lower breast cancer death rates and disease recurrence as compared to socially isolated women. Those with few ties were 43 percent more likely to have a recurrence of breast cancer; 64 percent more likely to die from breast cancer; and 69 percent more likely to die from any cause.