J. Bitzer, D. Hahn
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Many breast cancer patients are confronted with the diagnosis of cancer at a moment in their life when they feel healthy and have no symptoms of a severe disease. Through the diagnosis and the subsequent treatment their normal life is brutally disrupted and they are thrown into a deep crisis with feelings of shock and despair and the confrontation with death and dying. Therefore, many patients are at the start of their treatment completely absorbed by the challenge to overcome this life-threatening crisis, cope with the fear of death and regain some emotional stability.