Insights on Metastatic Breast Cancer is published quarterly in conjunction with LBBC's quarterly newsletter, Insight. It contains updates on the latest treatment options, stories of women living with metastatic breast cancer and articles on issues such as symptoms and side effects, nutrition, fatigue, and more.
In this section, you can read articles about metastatic breast cancer from the back issues of this publication.
Learn about living with insomnia and fatigue, what causes the two side effects and how you can manage them with medical and nonmedical therapies. Read an interview with Cheryl Solomen, an exercise enthusiast who raised nearly $6,000 for LBBC's Yoga on the Steps: Philadelphia after her metastatic diagnosis.
Learn about living with brain metastases, what treatments are available and where research is taking us. Read about Kiara and Kai, a young couple facing Kiara’s stage IV diagnosis together.
Women living with brain metastases – breast cancer that spread to the brain – share their experiences with treatment, side effects and living full lives despite the diagnosis. Medical professionals who treat this type of disease discuss the use of surgery and radiation to manage symptoms and what research is on the horizon.
Young couple Kiara and Kai met shortly before Kiara learned she had stage IV breast cancer. They share their thoughts on dating in the presence of ongoing cancer treatment.
Hear what experts say about chemotherapy options for metastatic, triple-negative breast cancer and learn more about joining clinical trials to treat the disease. Read the stories of women living with metastatic TNBC and how they cope with the overwhelming emotions it brings.
Three women living with metastatic breast cancer share how their body image changed as cancer treatment altered their bodies. They discuss weight gain, reconstruction, changes in shape of the breast, and how it felt to wear old clothes and buy new ones. A clinical nurse specialist and sexuality counselor tells our author how women can better anticipate the way breast cancer impacts the body, body image and self-confidence.
Breast oncology nurse navigator Sue Bowman, RN, OCN, CBCN, MSW, changed the course of her career because of her breast cancer experience. A nurse when she was diagnosed, Sue noticed that her hospital lacked the one-to-one personal support she craved. Four years later, she graduated with a degree in social work.
In this feature, read about the development of trastuzumab (Herceptin) for HER2-positive breast cancer and how it has changed the treatment landscape, research underway and targeted therapies in the pipeline. Women who have taken trastuzumab talk about how the medicine changed their breast cancer experience, and medical experts discuss the future of treatment for HER2-positive disease.
Learn how people living with triple-negative metastatic breast cancer cope with managing emotions and making treatment decisions in partnership with their healthcare providers. Raquel Wernicke reflects on how working and volunteering, despite having stage IV breast cancer, allows her to remain fulfilled.
Learn about the role of peer support throughout one's breast cancer journey, including what it is, how it differs from and complements the kind of support received from healthcare professionals and where to obtain it. Discover in what ways connecting with someone like you can reduce your sense of isolation and empower you emotionally.