Support for People with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Counseling in a one-on-one setting or a support group may improve mental well-being and quality of life for people with metastatic breast cancer .
These sessions may help:
- Manage feelings of sadness or anxiousness
- Identify symptoms that can be treated by your health care team
- Improve communication with family members and other loved ones
- Reduce feelings of isolation
- Discuss fears about death and dying
- Express your needs and preferences
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.
Support groups aren’t for everyone. Support groups focused on emotional support are useful for people who are comfortable expressing their feelings and fears in a group setting.
Some people are more comfortable talking one-on-one with a counselor or therapist.
Everyone has different needs. It’s most important to find a healthy support system that works for you.
Finding a counselor or support group
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.
Your oncologist, nurse or social worker may be able to help you find a counselor, local support group or an online support group. You can also call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for help finding a support group.
Online and telephone support groups
Online and telephone support groups are similar to in-person groups. They provide a chance to share information, give and receive social support and gain a sense of empowerment.
These organizations may be helpful:
Share Cancer Support
Care after treatment for the breast cancer ends
At some point, you may decide to stop treatment for the cancer. This can happen when treatment stops showing a 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 of care, rather than a part of treatment.
This can be a very difficult time for you and your family. 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.
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