As the initial shock and distress of having your life turned upside down settles, you may find living with metastatic breast cancer over the long term throws up a number of distinct emotional, practical and social challenges.
Living with metastatic breast cancer is different for everyone. No two people's circumstances are the same. Some people report that their diagnosis has led them to take stock of their life and to re-evaluate what is most important to them. You may wish to make big changes in your life, or you may simply wish to continue your day-to-day life as before.
You may find your strategies for living with metastatic breast cancer change according to how you feel emotionally and physically. Sometimes living well may not be possible because of disease symptoms and side effects of treatment. There may be times when you are less able to live your life the way that you want to.
Talking to your medical oncologist or breast care nurse regularly about any concerns or difficult side effects you are experiencing is important, so they can help you. You might find seeing your GP from time to time helpful, or seeing a psychologist, oncology social worker or psychiatrist who specialises in oncology support can help you manage any anxiety and concerns.
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is here to help you.
On this page you will find a collection of information and resources that can help you to live life with metastatic breast cancer
Based on the experience of our members, we have compiled a suite of tools designed to help you feel connected and supported.
These are some of the things we are often asked by people who have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.