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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Potential side effects of treatment vary for each therapy, and every person responds differently. Talk to your healthcare team about the potential side effects of treatment, including side effects like anxiety, depression or insomnia. If your healthcare 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 healthcare team know. Cancer treatment is complicated, so do not make changes before talking to your healthcare providers, even if you are experiencing side effects. The more information you communicate, the more they will be able to help you.