Video: Dealing With the Emotional Impact of Breast Cancer

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A diagnosis of breast cancer can have a far-reaching impact on everyone in the family, says clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Hurley of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Teenage daughters face numerous emotional challenges, including the worry that they may lose a parent or that they may develop cancer in the future. Mothers may want to protect children from the reality of cancer, but silence can be isolating. Dr. Hurley encourages parents to give children accurate information about the illness and reinforce coping mechanisms to build resiliency.