Palliative Care for Recurrent or Metastatic Breast Cancer

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Palliative care describes treatments that reduce pain and other symptoms but don't fight the disease. Palliative care works to help a person feel as comfortable as possible. These treatments can be given at home or in the hospital. Palliative care can be used at any time during any phase of cancer treatment — early-stage, recurrent/locally advanced-stage, or metastatic. The goal is to reduce pain and discomfort and increase quality of life.

In cases of metastatic breast cancer, treatment with palliative care usually means that treatments to control the cancer are stopping so that quality of life and staying comfortable are the priority.

Palliative care treatments for symptoms and common side effects of recurrent/metastatic breast cancer treatment

Below are some of the most common symptoms and side effects that can happen with recurrent or metastatic breast cancer and its treatment. You may experience one or more of the symptoms and side effects listed here, or you may have none. On these pages, you can read about palliative care that may be used to help ease these symptoms and side effects.

You can connect with others, or just read what they have to say, in the Palliative Therapy/Hospice Care Discussion Board forum.



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