Metastatic breast cancer, also known as advanced breast cancer, affects about 175,000 American women today.
When a woman is diagnosed with MBC, it means the cancer has spread beyond the breasts to other parts of the body like the liver, bones, brain or lungs.
Like with many conditions, a diagnosis of MBC can have patients, and their loved ones, asking many questions. While some parts of MBC may be difficult to understand, here are some resources to help you during your MBC journey.
1. 7 tips for living with metastatic breast cancer
Learning you have MBC can be very overwhelming. There are many important things to think about as you manage your treatment and diagnosis. Learning as much as you can about the disease, understanding your treatment options, and creating your best support network possible are all important steps.
2. How to help your loved ones better understand MBC
If you are someone dealing with MBC, know that your loved ones may struggle with the diagnosis as well. The best thing to do is to talk to them about it and let them know how they can support you.
3. 8 questions you should ask your doctor about MBC
Women who have found out that they have MBC usually have many questions and concerns. Here are a list of question that you can ask your doctor to learn more about the disease, treatment options, the impact of hormones and more.
4. How to help raise awareness about metastatic breast cancer
175, 000 Americans are currently living with MBC. Here are some ways to help raise awareness for this often less talked about condition.
5. Motherhood in the eye of the storm: A young mom’s journey through stage IV breast cancer
Image Courtesy of Jennifer Campisano
In August 2011, Jennifer Campisano was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer after noticing a lump while nursing her baby boy. She never thought cancer would be part of her son's vocabulary. Read more about her story.