It is difficult for you to hear that you have metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Right now, you will have many questions – and will be looking for answers. There is a special group of women from across Europe and the Middle East who have come together to talk about what you might need to know. And we, the women of the “Every Day Is Precious Group” and Pfizer, have tried to give you solutions here that may help.
Some of us are living with metastatic breast cancer. Others are breast cancer survivors. We believe that this information will help you to understand your disease. It will help you decide what your next step might be, what is best for you – because every day is precious. We hope that you will use this document as a guide to help you – as much or as little as you want. And we hope it will help you make the most of every day.
Founder of the “Me too” Facebook group
Editor-in-chief of MammaMia! Das Brustkrebsmagazin
Pfizer would like to thank the women of the Every Day Is Precious Group coming from countries all over the word, including here in the United Arab Emirates, for their guidance with this project.
Professor and Head of the Breast Center at the University of Munich, Germany
“While early stage breast cancer often makes headlines, the needs of women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) are often neglected. Many patients feel they do not have enough information about their disease. This handbook is a valuable resource to help women understand what their MBC diagnosis means, the treatment options they may have, and the decisions they may want to make. Perhaps most importantly of all, it helps women with MBC to realise that, despite MBC, they can still determine how they want to enjoy their life.”
Learning the facts
What to expect
Coping with my new reality
Feeling better in my body
Talking with the people who care about me the most
Managing my work life and responsibilities
How doctors diagnose and track the growth of metastatic breast cancer
Learning about the different treatment options and side effects
How to cope with how I am feeling
Learning how complementary therapies may help me
Sharing my diagnosis with friends and family
Estate planning and end-of-life care
Where to find more information, patient support groups, finding a doctor or a counsellor, financial support, and other resources in your area