Counseling in a one-on-one setting or a support group can improve mental well-being and quality of life for people with metastatic breast cancer .
These sessions may help:
Social support is an important benefit of group therapy.
Support groups can provide a safe place to express feelings among people who understand what you're going through.
Many people feel an intense bond with other group members and a sense of acceptance through sharing a common experience.
Social support from the group can ease some of the feelings of isolation that can separate you from well-meaning, but anxious friends and family members.
While social support is important for everyone with breast cancer, people with metastatic breast cancer have very different issues from those with early stage breast cancer. So, a support group for people with metastatic cancer of any kind will be more helpful than a support group for people with early stage breast cancer.
A social worker may be able to help you find a counselor, local support group or an online support group. You can also call our breast care helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) for more information on how to find a support group.
Find a list of resources to help you find a support group in your area.
Online and telephone support groups are also available. Similar to in-person groups, online support groups provide a chance to share information, give and receive social support and gain a sense of empowerment.
These organizations may be helpful:
Metastatic Breast Cancer Networkwww.mbcn.org/
Find more organizations that offer online and telephone support.
Although metastatic cancer cannot be cured, treatment may extend life.
The side effects of some therapies, however, can affect 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 cancer-related symptoms (called 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 to help you during this stage of cancer care.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website has information on end-of-life planning and care, including questions to ask your health care 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.
Learn more about support groups, hospice and other types of support.
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Learn more about what Komen is doing to help people with metastatic breast cancer.
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