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Advice can help or hurt breast cancer patients

February 22, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Newly diagnosed cancer patient Bernie Brann is shown in her home in Lansing, N.Y., on Feb. 4. She has found that bad advice, or just too much of it, can compound the trauma and damage done by cancer itself. Friends and relatives are important for support, but when these untrained people act as cancer coaches, they can sway people to make poor decisions about their care.

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