Read the following case study and answer the question associated. Please use references that are between 2019-2022.
R M. is a 68-year-old woman who went to her health care provider with a complaint of “feeling tightness” around a lump in her right breast. She has a history of hypertension and smoking (25 pack-year history). She has a family history of breast cancer—one sister recently underwent a lumpectomy and radiation therapy. Mother and aunt died from breast cancer when they were in their 60s. She has a history of “lumpy” breasts, but this lump feels “different”. She has a palpable mass in right breast in the upper outer quadrant. She goes to her follow-up visit and is told that the mammogram and ultrasound show a 4-cm mass. She undergoes a core needle biopsy. The results indicate that the mass is infiltrating lobular carcinoma. She undergoes a lumpectomy and axillary lymph node dissection. Six of 15 axillary lymph nodes are positive for cancer. Two weeks after surgery, she is being seen to discuss further treatment options.
Question:
What are some factors that you should assess for that may influence coping with this new diagnosis of cancer?