Working with Your Treatment Team to Navigate Relationships

Working With Your Treatment Team to Navigate Relationships

A MBC diagnosis can take a toll on relationships with friends, family and significant others.

Relationships Treatment Team

There are several types of healthcare providers and complementary caregivers who can help navigate changes in relationships. 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.

  • 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.