Physical Health

Focusing on Physical Health and Well-being

In the physical health section, you'll find tips and information to help you talk about treatment options, nutrition, pain and fatigue with your friends, family and treatment team.

Talking to Your Doctor about Clinical Trials and Treatment Options

Discussing treatment options, including clinical trials, with your treatment team can get confusing and overwhelming. This section will help you to better understand clinical trials and what it may mean for your care.

You can also take the Make Your Dialogue Count questionnaire to help you communicate what matters to you when talking about treatment options with your doctor? After a few questions, you’ll have a personalized discussion guide to help you talk to your doctor about your goals for treatment and life with metastatic breast cancer (MBC).

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Understand Your Breast Cancer Type

After an MBC diagnosis, your oncologist and treatment team will talk to you about what type of breast cancer you have. MBC is often defined by your tumor's characteristics which your doctor will evaluate through a biopsy. This page has information on some of the different characteristics of MBC, including information on the mutation PIK3CA.

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Metastatic Breast Cancer and Nutrition

Maintaining a nutritious and well-balanced diet is an important aspect of your treatment plan and can help your body stay strong, fight off infection and deal with side effects of treatment. Building a healthy diet that works for you starts with talking to your care team.

If You Have Pain

Pain is a common experience for people with metastatic breast cancer and it can present in different types. You may feel pain in your joints, bones, muscles, nerves or somewhere else. Although pain is common, it does not have to be unmanageable. This tip sheet will help you talk about and manage pain with your treatment team.

Understand Treatment Impact on Fertility

Metastatic breast cancer and the therapies to treat it may change a woman’s ability to get pregnant and have children. This section will help you understand how fertility may be impacted by MBC and help you talk to your physician about your options.

If You Have Fatigue

Extreme tiredness or fatigue is highly common among people with metastatic breast cancer. There are a lot of things you can do to identify causes of and manage fatigue, including talking to your care team.

Your Potential Treatment Team

There are a lot of different types of healthcare providers who can address physical needs and help you focus on improving your well-being. Click the button below for a full list of healthcare provider types.

Visit these pages to learn more:
  • Physical Health

  • Life Planning

  • MBC
    & Relationships
  • Emotional and
    Spiritual Health