Feeling anxious and frightened about breast cancer spreading further is common for people who have metastatic breast cancer. Many people worry what will happen if their treatment needs to change or what treatment options will be available to them if their cancer continues to grow and spread. These anxieties and fears can be collectively termed “fear of cancer progression.”
While metastatic breast cancer may not go away completely, treatment may control it for a long time, sometimes for many years. If one treatment stops working, there is usually another to try. New treatments are being developed and tested through clinical trials all the time.
Living with metastatic breast cancer brings many challenges. While the fear of cancer progressing may never fade, anxiety of what the future may hold is a reality for many people. Importantly, there are ways to manage these feelings and live as well as possible.
The following tips have been suggested from people who are living with metastatic breast cancer:
In this video, BCNA member Gillian talks about her experience of living with metastatic breast cancer. She shares what she’s learned about several topics, including:
It can be difficult to find someone to talk to about what it is like to live with metastatic breast cancer. If you would like to share your thoughts and feelings with others in a similar situation to you there is a private metastatic breast cancer group in BCNA’s Online Network that you might like to join.
Samantha was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2014, followed by metastatic breast cancer in 2019.
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Let’s be upfront about behavioural changes.
Let’s be upfront about the challenges for those living with metastatic breast cancer.
Let’s be upfront about anxiety in a cancer context.