Metastatic disease is defined as the spread of cancer from one organ or part to another non-adjacent organ or part of the body. Although this stage of disease is often treatable, it is not usually curable. Fortunately, there have been many treatment advances in the past decade with positive outcome.
Women diagnosed with metastatic (Stage IV) breast cancer face ongoing challenges that require intervention from a strong support network and, commonly, professional counseling. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for women to have more trouble coping with the cancer’s recurrence than when it was first diagnosed:
- Fears about death and dying
- Emotional adjustment to living with chronic disease
- Managing family and loved ones’ emotions
- Loss of control
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Depression as a result of chronic pain
If you are struggling with these or other issues related to your diagnosis of metastatic disease, do not hesitate to reach for help. We are here to hold your hand and help you in every step of the journey.