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Support helps breast cancer patients manage pain

Breast cancer patients who say they have a large social network are better able to manage pain and other physical symptoms of the disease, according to a study that examined how social support affects patients’ quality of life.

The study included more than 3,000 patients in California who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 2006 and 2011. During the first two months after their diagnosis, the women completed a survey.

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