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If you’ve been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, there are a number of ways to improve communication with your healthcare team and ensure that you’re getting the support that you need.

In this video series, Timothy J. Pluard, M.D. and Savannah Geske, Ph.D. of Saint Luke's Cancer Institute explain several strategies for building a supportive relationship, navigating difficult conversations, seeking a second opinion, and more. You’ll also meet two women — Christa and Christine — who share their best tips for prioritizing your wants and needs regarding quality of life, communicating what’s important to you, and making sure that you’re being heard.

Building Supportive Communication With Your Doctor

It’s important to feel connected to your healthcare team, especially as a person living with metastatic disease. Timothy Pluard, M.D. of Saint Luke's Cancer Institute and the Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer in Kansas City, MO discusses how doctors and patients can build a supportive relationship.

How to Discuss Prognosis With Your Doctor

Prognosis, or how long someone can expect to live with metastatic breast cancer, can be a difficult topic to discuss with both your healthcare team and your family. Dr. Pluard and Savannah Geske, Ph.D. suggest strategies to help patients have those conversations.

Making Sure Your Concerns Are Being Heard

Sometimes it’s difficult to express your concerns about treatment, side effects, and emotional issues with your healthcare team. Here are some ways to make it a little easier and ensure that you’re being heard.

Seeking a Second Opinion

Dr. Pluard and Dr. Geske share reasons to seek a second opinion when you are living with metastatic breast cancer, such as wanting to confirm a treatment plan or seeing if you communicate better with a different medical office. They also offer more tips for communicating with your healthcare provider if you are unable to seek a second opinion or switch providers.

Telling Your Doctor What Is Important to You

Learn techniques for deciding what is important to you, determining your wants and needs, and getting to your next goal or milestone.

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