MBC & Relationships

Working with Your Treatment Team to Navigate Relationships

A metastatic breast cancer (MBC) diagnosis can take a toll on relationships with friends, family and significant others and there are many types of doctors who can help.

Palliative Care Specialist

Health care provider who works to improve quality of life by relieving the pain, symptoms and stress associated with 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.

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.


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.

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 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.

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