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Improving Your Physical Health and Well-being With Help From Your Treatment Team

It’s common for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) treatments to have an impact on your physical well-being.

Physical Well-being Treatment Team

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

  • Oncology Physical Therapist

    Healthcare provider who addresses physical challenges caused by cancer and cancer treatment, and helps you retain and build levels of physical function.

  • Palliative Care Specialist

    Healthcare provider who works to improve quality of life by relieving the pain, symptoms and stress associated with metastatic breast cancer. Services provided include: psychological and spiritual care, symptom relief and life planning.

  • 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 (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.

  • 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.