GET TO KNOW METASTATIC BREAST CANCER
> Metastatic BREAST CANCER (mBC) is a form of breast cancer that has spread to another part of the body, most commonly the liver, brain, bones, or lungs.
> Cancer cells can break away from the original tumour in the breast and travel to other parts of the body through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system, which is a large network of nodes and vessels that work to remove bacteria, viruses, and cellular waste products.
> Breast cancer can come back in another part of the body months or years after the original diagnosis and treatment.
> A wide variety of treatment options are available and new medicines are being tested every day. While metastatic breast cancer may not go away completely, a combination of treatment may control it for a number of years.
Cancer patient handbook
> An upcoming handbook on metastatic cancer by Pfizer answered a number of questions such as what to expect from the treatment; how to cope with emotions; how to feel better in one’s body (in terms of nutrition, exercise, complementary therapies, etc.); how to handle relationships (in terms of talking to loved ones, keeping the diagnosis from taking over a romantic relationship, how to talk to children about it); and how to manage one’s work life and responsibilities, among others.
> It would be the first UAE mBC patient handbook, set to be released before the end of this year. It is endorsed by Friends of Cancer Patients and approved by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.