“Quality of life” describes your overall well-being, including:
Non-health related issues (such as financial concerns) are also part of quality of life.
Learn about financial assistance, insurance and other financial issues.
Although important for everyone with breast cancer, quality of life issues are especially important for people with metastatic breast cancer.
Managing side effects and other issues that worsen your quality of life is a main part of your care. You should never feel you have to endure pain or other side effects.
Talk with your health care provider about any issues affecting your quality of life.
At some point, you may decide to stop treatments for the cancer. This can happen when treatment stops showing any benefit or when it greatly affects quality of life.
Once treatment is stopped, reducing any symptoms you have (palliative care) becomes the main focus, rather than just a part of treatment.
This can be a very difficult time. Your health care provider or hospital can arrange for counseling or a support group.
Hospice can make this later stage of care as comfortable as possible.
Learn about support groups, hospice and other types of support.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website has information on end-of-life planning and care, including questions to ask your provider.
The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has a guide for patients and their families to help make decisions on end-of-life care.
SUSAN G. KOMEN® SUPPORT RESOURCES
Learn more about what Komen is doing to help people with metastatic breast cancer.
Metastatic Breast Cancer
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