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6 Surprising things that may improve breast-cancer treatment

Being diagnosed with breast cancer can make a person feel powerless, but there are some things women can do to potentially improve how they feel throughout the process. Here are some strategies recommended by experts—and others that are still being explored—that may enhance the effectiveness and reduce the side effects of treatment.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Exercising during treatment won’t be easy for everyone, but it can be worthwhile when women feel up to it. “Exercise is one of the best things women can do for themselves,” says Dr. Ann Partridge, director of the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “Walking three to five times

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