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Specialists who can help you

Above all, you don’t have to do this alone. 
There are many ways to get help, and there are many people – from psycho-oncologists and breast cancer nurses to social workers, counsellors and your palliative care team – who have specific training to help women in your situation. 
They can help you get through the difficult emotions that you will have when living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC).

Ask your oncologist for information about who they’d recommend.

  • Psycho-oncologists
  • Breast cancer (care) nurses
  • Patient support groups
  • Counsellors
  • The palliative care team
  • Psycho-oncologists

    Psycho-oncologists are doctors, specialising in the emotional aspects of cancer. They can help you with the psychological challenges related to adjusting to your illness and the impact on your relationships.

  • Social workers

    Social workers can provide information on how to talk to your family. They can guide you to useful community resources such as financial assistance, help with household tasks, or babysitting.

  • Breast cancer (care) nurses

    A breast cancer nurse has completed specialist courses in psychological support and symptom management for breast cancer.
    They may answer any questions related to your illness, and can also provide a key link between you and different healthcare professionals and support services.

  • Patient support groups

    Self-help and patient support groups can provide an environment where you can meet up with other women like you, who also have MBC and share experiences. These women may feel as you do, and have similar questions.

    You may find that they ‘get it’ in a way that family and friends simply cannot. If you can’t find a patient support group close to you, you can find online communities of women with MBC.

    The resources section of this guide has a list of local and online patient support groups for MBC.

  • Counsellors

    Counsellors can help you and/or your family talk about your cancer diagnosis and develop strategies for coping with how people are feeling.

    Some counsellors provide support to just you as an individual, others focus on couples’ therapy, or on the whole family.

  • The palliative care team

    A palliative care team is a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and therapists who can improve quality of life for you and your family and provide psychological support throughout your illness.

    Palliative care can include everything from pain management to complementary therapies and family counselling.

KEy points to consider about how you may be feeling

  • Lots of women like you reach out for support from people beyond their immediate friends and family

  • There are counsellors and doctors who are specially trained and experienced in helping women with MBC

  • Patient support groups help you meet other women with MBC who are going through the same experiences as you

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