Health care provider who works to improve quality of life by relieving the pain, symptoms and stress associated with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Services provided include: psychological and spiritual care, symptom relief and life planning. Palliative care is not the same as hospice. While many think of the 2 specialists as the same, palliative care is something that can begin at diagnosis to help someone have a better quality of life while living with a disease. Hospice may begin when treatment is stopped. Asking to be referred to a palliative care specialist does not mean you're asking to be put into hospice care.
Counselor who provides emotional support for people living with cancer and helps them access practical assistance. Depending on where you are being treated, a social worker may serve as your care navigator – helping to guide all aspects of your care. They can also connect you to financial and legal advisors in your community.
Health care provider who acts as the first line of communication for MBC treatment, and helps to manage treatment administration, symptoms, side effects and oncology team communication.
Health care provider who can help you manage the emotional changes associated with MBC.
A nutrition expert who can help you determine the best diet to help you achieve your treatment goals, such as maintaining energy for daily activities or exercise, preventing weight change, or others.
Local nonprofit organizations can provide a variety of support avenues for MBC treatment, including networking with other people impacted, transportation to visits and more. Check your local community center or online to see what could be available to you.
Local clergy and religious organizations can provide support through spiritual counseling and community networking.
Health care provider who can help you manage the emotional and psychological challenges associated with MBC. Unlike psychiatrists, psychologists cannot prescribe medicine.
Health care provider who provides medical care for people diagnosed with cancer. Your oncologist can also connect you to specific doctors (eg pulmonologist for lung metastasis, gastroenterologist for liver metastasis) based on your diagnosis.