Physical Health

Your Physical Health Is an Important Focus for Your Treatment Team

There are several types of healthcare providers and complementary caregivers who can help address physical health and help improve your quality of life. 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.

Registered Dietitian (RD)

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.

Palliative Care Specialist

Healthcare 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 two 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 specialists 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.

Primary Care Physician

Day-to-day healthcare provider who manages follow-up care (e.g., 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.

Complementary Care (also known as Integrative or Holistic Medicine)

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.

Oncologist

Healthcare provider who provides medical care for people diagnosed with cancer. Your oncologist can also connect you to specific doctors (i.e., pulmonologist for lung metastasis, gastroenterologist for liver metastasis) based on your diagnosis.

Visit these pages to learn more:
  • Physical Health

  • Life Planning

  • MBC
    & Relationships
  • Emotional and
    Spiritual Health