Although metastatic breast cancer is not curable, it can be treated. And, as treatment continues to improve, so does survival. Today, some people may live many years with metastatic breast cancer.
Many new drugs to treat metastatic breast cancer are under study.
There are many ways to manage the symptoms caused by metastatic breast cancer treatment and the cancer itself.
Controlling pain is a standard part of treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Many methods of pain control are available. Tell your health care provider about any pain or discomfort you have.
Counseling (either one-on-one or in a group setting) can improve mental well-being and quality of life for people with metastatic breast cancer.
Spouses and partners, family members and other loved ones (co-survivors) may need emotional support to help get through the experience of loving and caring for someone with metastatic breast cancer.
At some point, treatment for metastatic breast cancer may be stopped. This can happen when treatment stops showing any benefit or when it greatly affects quality of life. Reducing symptoms then becomes the main focus of care. Hospice can make this later stage of care as comfortable as possible.
Clinical trials offer the chance to try new treatments and possibly benefit from them. People volunteer to take part in these research studies. After talking with your health care provider, we encourage you to consider joining a clinical trial.
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