Guides to Understanding Breast Cancer
In this section, learn more about our guides to understanding breast cancer that address the unique needs of women living with metastatic disease. Read descriptions of the books and brochures, download free PDFs and order single copies or in bulk at our online marketplace.
Please use the links below to access the guides of interest to you.
Learn practical ways to manage the sexual side effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, how to talk to your partner or healthcare providers about sexual concerns, and where to go to find the resources you need.
Learn the signs and symptoms of breast cancer-related lymphedema, ways to manage your lymphedema risk, treatments for lymphedema, how lymphedema can impact your emotions and how to pay for lymphedema care.
Learn the basics of metastatic breast cancer, how a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis impacts your daily life, and where to find the information and support you need to make informed decisions about your treatment and daily well-being. Created in partnership with Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.
Gain a basic understanding of advanced breast cancer and the treatment options available now. Find out how clinical trials work, when doctors use tests to monitor success of therapy and about common metastatic breast cancer treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy and radiation.
Get practical methods to help lower the stress of ongoing treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Understand situational triggers and acute and chronic stress. Learn about methods of self-care, including getting information when and how you want it, exercise and mindfulness, talking with loved ones, spirituality, spending time with pets, the creative arts, cancer support groups, counseling and more.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Series: Understanding Palliative Care will help you make sense of palliative care and better understand the role it can play in developing a whole approach to treatment. Learn about palliative care, its benefits and the related options that support and sustain treatment. Understand how choosing palliative care can enhance your quality of life.
The Guide to Understanding Financial Concerns will help you navigate private and public health insurance plans and explains how to get insurance if you don't have it. Discover what to do if your claim is denied, how to access federal and private programs, when to use COBRA and disability and how to handle the "hidden" costs of breast cancer. Available online only.
Learn the basics of cancer clinical trials, weigh the pros and cons of taking part in breast cancer research and explore questions to ask your doctors. Get understandable information about clinical trial phases, research protocols, randomization, blinding, informed consent and safety laws. Available online only.
Silent Voices: Women with Advanced (Metastatic) Breast Cancer Share Their Needs and Preferences for Information, Support and Practical Resources
This extensive report contains findings from a 2005 survey of 618 women living with stage 4 (metastatic) breast cancer. It offers insights and direction on the information, support and practical needs of women living with advanced disease.