For many people, one of the hardest things to come to terms with when being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer is the understanding that the disease is not going to go away. Over recent years, advances in treatment for metastatic breast cancer mean that more people are living better and living longer. Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is increasingly providing a wider range of options tailored to your individual circumstances and leading to better outcomes.
The reality is there is simply no one path for someone who is living with metastatic breast cancer. We know some people encounter long periods, even years of cancer stability with little disease progression, while others have a more difficult experience.
Many people find the unpredictable nature of how the disease will progress and the uncertainty of what lies ahead as the most challenging aspect of their illness. Others also find the lack of understanding by those around them regarding managing current, new and ongoing treatments and side effects a never-ending challenge.
Watch as we explore new treatments on the horizon for metastatic breast cancer and an in-depth look at the management of bone metastases. We also explore:
This virtual conference was recorded in 2022.
People often use complementary therapies to manage side effects and to improve wellbeing but discuss these with your treatment team first
Chemotherapy through a drip or in a tablet is common to control or slow metastatic breast cancer, relieve symptoms and improve quality of life
Drug treatments for early breast cancer may be recommended before surgery. This is called neoadjuvant therapy and has multiple benefits
Hormone-blocking therapies may be used in treatment. Understand which type is right for you, how it works, and possible side effects
Treatment types vary, depending on the type of metastatic breast cancer and where it has spread. Understand the options
If you choose alternative therapies that are unproven, instead of conventional breast cancer treatment, discuss this with your doctor
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