In Breast Cancer , Dr. Suzanne M. Miller demonstrates her approach to counseling women with breast cancer. The goal of her cognitive - social approach is to help women with the many challenges associated with treatment for breast cancer. In this session, Dr. Miller helps a woman with her fears surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, gives her strategies for better communication with her health care team, and counsels her on the conflicting needs of her and her husband. When patients are diagnosed with breast cancer, they embark on a complex journey that poses many different challenges. Emerging evidence suggests that a cognitive - social approach, which takes into account mind - body interactions, is useful in helping women to negotiate the psychological challenges of this journey. In the early stage of disease, these phases include the initial diagnosis, active treatment, the reentry phase following active treatment, and the extended survivorship phase.