Hearing the words “your breast cancer has spread to other parts of your body” is devastating, whether they come after a period of wellness after initial treatment or as a first diagnosis. The information in this section about metastatic breast cancer is intended to help you make treatment decisions and cope with your emotions. image of older woman with breast cancer and young child

Living with uncertainty about the future is challenging. You can benefit greatly by playing an active role in decisions about your treatment for metastatic breast cancer. You can gain, or regain, a sense of control that may alleviate some feelings of isolation and, most importantly, help you find a renewed sense of hope.

Remember that you are still you … you know yourself and your body better than any one else. In addition to helping you understand your diagnosis and treatments options for metastatic breast cancer, the information in this section covers how to advocate for yourself and, importantly, how to care your emotional well-being while living with a metastatic diagnosis.

You are not alone.  No one understands the impact a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis can have on your life and the challenges that you will face as well as someone who is travelling the same path — a peer.  All members of Willow’s Support Team have had breast cancer and can relate to what you may be going through. Call us at 1.888.778.3100 to connect with a member of our team and, through them, others living with metastatic breast cancer.


Coping with the news of your diagnosis

 

Understanding your diagnosis

 

Understanding treatment options for metastatic breast cancer

 

Managing your treatment symptoms and side effects

 

Integrative and complementary approaches to your care

 

Accessing new medicines

 

Palliative care as part of your treatment plan

 

Managing your everyday well-being

 

Practical issues and end-of-life care planning

 

Living your life and looking to tomorrow

 

Resources

 

 

Acknowledgements and thanks

We thank Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. and Rx&D Canada’s Brand Name Pharmaceutical Association for their generosity in providing an unrestricted educational grant that allowed us to create this section.

We applaud the work of the Canadian Breast Cancer Network and Rethink Breast Cancer in supporting women with breast cancer and thank them for providing content for this section. 

Thank you to Amgen Canada, Canadian Breast Cancer Network, Lymphoma Canada and Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada for permission to use content from their brochure Who Pays for Drugs in Canada?

We deeply appreciate the many women who have shared their wisdom and their stories with us and would like to acknowledge:Christine, Mei Lin, Sharon, Sherry, Anne, Bonnie, Meredith, Helen, Judy, Jen, and Tammie.