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Working with Your Treatment Team to Set Treatment and Life Goals

For people with MBC, treatment, life goals and priorities are often very closely aligned. As you work with your doctor to set treatment goals, it is important to ensure that you are positioned to meet these goals through financial, legal and other preparations.

Life Planning Treatment Team

There are several types of healthcare providers and complementary caregivers who can help navigate life planning. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nurse

    Healthcare provider who acts as the first line of communication for MBC treatment, and helps to manage treatment administration, symptoms, side effects and oncology team communication.

  • Psychiatrist

    Healthcare provider who can help you manage the emotional changes associated with MBC.

  • Oncology Nurse Navigator

    Nurse who can provide assistance navigating the treatment landscape to access care and clinical trial participation opportunities.

  • Hospice

    Care that takes place in a person’s home as they are approaching end of life. Hospice provides support to address a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.