Side effects and practical issues of metastatic breast cancer

Metastatic breast cancer treatment can cause side effects that impact how you’re feeling every day. We’re here with information on strategies that put your quality of life first, so you can focus on what’s most important to you. In this section, you can learn about managing common side effects such as fatigue, nausea, pain, hair loss, and menopausal symptoms. We’ll also share expert advice on maintaining balanced nutrition and staying physically active, including personal stories from women about eating well, exercising safely, and feeling good.

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What is tamoxifen and what are the side effects?

Tamoxifen is a hormonal therapy used to reduce the risk of cancer returning. Common side effects include hot flashes, fatigue, vaginal dryness or discharge, mood swings, nausea, hair thinning, and loss of interest in sex.

Is there a diet that metastatic breast cancer patients should follow?

Nutritionists recommend people with metastatic breast cancer eat a diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans, and limit their intake of processed meats, sugary foods, and salty snacks.

Does my alcohol tolerance change the risks involved with drinking and MBC?

Everyone's body is different, but the effects of alcohol on cancer are not necessarily about how drunk alcohol makes you feel. Studies have found that the risk of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer goes up for women who have even two alcoholic drinks per week.

How does my doctor know when to cut me off from pain medication?

If you are concerned about the effects of pain medications, speak to your doctor about other methods people use to manage pain. If you decide to use pain medicines, stick to the directions from your doctor about how much you can take and how often.