Although stage IV breast cancer (also known as metastatic or advanced breast cancer) cannot be cured, there are treatments that can prolong life and greatly improve the quality of it. Whether it’s managing pain and nausea or treating fatigue and depression, talking openly with your health care provider can help you decide what’s best for you.
There are emotional issues that come with having stage IV breast cancer. In these instances, counseling and support are essential. Talk to someone who knows what you’re going through.
At some point, you may need to make difficult end-of-life preparations. We can connect you with low- or no-cost legal and financial estate planning services, hospice care and emotional support to help you through this trying time. To talk to someone who can help, call our Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or contact your local Komen Affiliate.
Above all, remember, there are countless stories of people who have outlived their prognoses. Read some inspirational stories here.
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. Social support is an important benefit of group therapy. Support groups can provide a place to belong and to express feelings. Learn more.
Controlling pain should be a standard part of treatment for all people with breast cancer. For those people with metastatic cancer, it is crucial. If you are living with metastatic breast cancer, let your healthcare provider(s) know about any pain or discomfort you have. Learn more.
Get information about advanced breast cancer and find a list of questions to ask your doctor.
Review other health care needs related to advanced breast cancer.
Aimed at returning a sense of control and enhancing the remaining time as much as possible.
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Facts for Life: Metastatic Breast Cancer
Komen's Commitment to Those Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer
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