In the relationships section, you'll find tips and information to help you talk about metastatic breast cancer (MBC) with your friends, family and treatment team.
Being diagnosed with MBC can leave people feeling isolated from the ones they love, awkward in once intimate relationships and as if they are carrying a large burden on their own.
Talking about MBC with people you care about can be hard. Preparing for these tough conversations can help ensure that your needs, as well as theirs, are met.
Building a treatment team – and understanding when to seek a second opinion – are important choices.
There are a lot of different types of health care providers who can address emotional needs. Click the button below for a full list of health care providers.
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Potential side effects of treatment vary for each therapy, and every person responds differently. Talk to your health care team about the potential side effects of treatment, including side effects like anxiety, depression or insomnia. If your health care team understands the side effects you are experiencing, they can better help you manage them.
Some of the women we surveyed said it was sometimes hard to take their cancer treatment as prescribed. It is okay to feel this way, but if you do, let your health care team know. Cancer treatment is complicated, so do not make changes before talking to your health care providers, even if you are experiencing side effects. The more information you communicate, the more they will be able to help you.