A nutrition expert who can help you determine the best diet to help you achieve your treatment goals, such as maintaining energy for daily activities or exercise, preventing weight change, or others.
Health care provider who works to improve quality of life by relieving the pain, symptoms and stress associated with metastatic breast cancer (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.
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.
Day-to-day health care provider who manages follow-up care (eg testing) and treatment of long-term side effects of MBC. They should also coordinate with your oncologist to manage your overall medications and health, such as cardio (heart) health.
Care used along with standard medical treatments to improve physical and mental health. Complementary care could include acupuncture, meditation, visualization exercises or yoga and should be discussed with your oncology treatment team.
Health care provider who provides medical care for people diagnosed with cancer. Your oncologist can also connect you to specific doctors (eg pulmonologist for lung metastasis, gastroenterologist for liver metastasis) based on your diagnosis.