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Focusing on Emotional Well-being

It is very common for people with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) to feel isolated and face challenges related to emotional and spiritual health.

Emotional Well-being Treatment Team

There are several types of healthcare providers and complementary caregivers who can help address these challenges. Ask your nurse navigator or oncologist to refer you to a care provider in your community. You can also check with your insurance provider to see if you're able to reach out directly to a care provider, without a referral.

  • Palliative Care Specialist

    Healthcare provider who works to improve quality of life by relieving the pain, symptoms and stress associated with metastatic breast cancer. Services provided include: psychological and spiritual care, symptom relief and life planning.

  • Oncology Social Worker

    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.

  • Nurse

    Healthcare 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.

  • Psychiatrist

    Healthcare provider who can help you manage the emotional changes associated with MBC.

  • Registered Dietitian (RD)

    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.

  • Patient Support Groups

    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 search online to see what could be available to you.

  • Clergy

    Local clergy and religious organizations can provide support through spiritual counseling and community networking.

  • Psychologist

    Healthcare provider who can help you manage the emotional and psychological challenges associated with MBC. Unlike psychiatrists, psychologists cannot prescribe medicine.

  • Oncologist

    Healthcare provider who provides medical care for people diagnosed with cancer. Your oncologist can also connect you to specific doctors (i.e., pulmonologist for lung metastasis, gastroenterologist for liver metastasis) based on your diagnosis.