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Metastatic Breast Cancer – How Palliative Care Can Help

Adding a palliative care specialist to your medical team ensures there is someone present who is completely focused on helping relieve the pain, symptoms, and side effects associated with your cancer. In this video, you’ll learn what palliative care is and how you will benefit from it.


[00:00:07] Speaker 1: Receiving treatment for your cancer can certainly extend your life, but these same treatments can often cause collateral damage. These are the side effects everyone talks about. Living with chemobrain, joint pain, neuropathy or hot flashes can present a unique set of challenges, especially if you are undergoing nearly continuous treatment for metastatic disease.

[00:00:29] Speaker 2: This is where our palliative care specialist comes in. Palliative care helps to control the pain symptoms and side effects associated with your cancer and treatments and should not be confused with hospice care, which is focused on end of life.

[00:00:43] Speaker 1: Palliative specialists work as an integral part of your multidisciplinary team, which includes your doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and social workers. While your oncologists, surgeons and radiologists are focused on keeping you alive, they are not always the best choice to help you cope with the side effects. That’s why it’s important to have a palliative care expert on your team.

[00:01:07] Speaker 2: Palliative care can and should begin as soon as you receive your diagnosis of breast cancer. It’s goal is to help you maintain a high quality of life during and after treatment.

[00:01:19] Speaker 1: They will help you with the management of your pain and other side effects and may recommend physical therapy, acupuncture, massage or meditation. To help you deal with the stress, they may also suggest yoga or other exercise and will often enlist the help of psychologists and chaplains. Make sure you ask your doctor for a referral to a palliative care specialist. It is an important and integral part of your overall care plan and can have a big impact on how you feel each and every day.

[00:01:50] Speaker 2: At the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, we’d like to end breast cancer, but until we do, we want to make sure you understand what your choices are. If you want to support us, go to or you can join one of our programs and help us get to the end of breast cancer.


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