Mental health and coping with metastatic breast cancer

A metastatic breast cancer diagnosis can feel like an emotional roller coaster, and we know how important it is to have supportive connections you can trust. On these pages, we’ll guide you through how to build your own emotional support team, including people in your life, your healthcare team, and others living with metastatic breast cancer. We’ll share ways to recognize whether you’re feeling anxiety or depression, and how to get support from your healthcare team or a professional therapist. You can also learn about complementary therapies such as meditation, yoga, and guided imagery that can reduce stress and help you find calm.

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You are entitled to your feelings, no matter how they range. A metastatic breast cancer diagnosis is life-altering. You are experiencing a grief cycle that will take time.

Could I have prevented getting metastatic breast cancer?

You didn't do anything to cause metastatic breast cancer. Though there are some things that can raise the risk of cancer, there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer entirely. Focus on what you can do now to best care for your health. 

Are there long-term survivors of metastatic breast cancer?

Although metastatic breast cancer is not considered curable, it is treatable. It's possible to live for years and enjoy a life that makes you feel fulfilled with a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.

Where can I meet other people living with metastatic breast cancer?

Living Beyond Breast Cancer offers programs, conferences, and online communities of people living with metastatic breast cancer. 

Is it safe to exercise with metastatic breast cancer?

You can still exercise and be active, even with metastatic breast cancer. Bone and lung metastastases can affect your ability to do certain activites, but you can work with your doctors and qualified exercise specialists to exercise safely.