Approximately 30 percent of women and men diagnosed with breast cancer will at some point be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, and while metastatic breast cancer can be treated, it currently cannot be cured.
This does not mean that those living with metastatic breast cancer cannot enjoy good quality of life! However, the needs and issues facing metastatic breast cancer patients are vastly different.
- Breast cancer support groups are mostly composed of newly or recently diagnosed women and men, and people who have metastatic breast cancer often do not have much in common with them. Unfortunately, metastatic breast cancer support groups are few and far between.
- Those living with metastatic breast cancer are in and out of treatment, hoping that their cancer will stop its progression so they have a decent quality of life. Therefore, they need ongoing help both accessing and navigating the healthcare and cancer care system.
- Metastatic breast cancer patients need timely access to new treatments and clinical trials so that additional treatment options are available to them.
- Metastatic breast cancer patients and their families need ease of connection to accurate, updated clinical information, improved access to clnical trials, and readily available psychosocial support.
More education is needed women diagnosed, those completing treatment for primary breast cancer and the general public about the signs and symptoms of metastatic breast cancer.
During this month of October, when there is so much awareness raising of and fund raising for breast cancer research, we must not forget the 30 percent whose breast cancer has metastasized.
Help the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network raise awareness of the unmet needs of women living metastatic breast cancer. Contact us at email@example.com to get involved:
- Tell your story if you are living with metastatic breast cancer.
- Tweet, facebook or share information about your website relating to metastatic breast cancer.
- Join CCSN’s Breast Cancer Advisory Council (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Metastatic breast cancer awareness day
Bridging Gaps, Expanding Outreach: Global Metastatic Breast Cancer Advocacy Working Group Consensus Statement
Telling our stories: living with metastatic breast cancer
What makes metastatic breast cancer different?
Statistics and research in metastatic breast cancer
Bone health in metastatic breast cancer
Think before you pink campaign
Resources for metastatic breast cancer