A METASTATIC BREAST CANCER (MBC) DIAGNOSIS may feel scary. Know that you are not alone. There are resources available to help you understand and manage your diagnosis, as well as offer guidance with navigating your treatment options.
Understanding Your Diagnosis
What is MBC?
Breast cancer is described in different stages. The stages are determined by the size of the tumor and if it has spread to a certain number of lymph nodes or other areas of the body.
Metastatic breast cancer, also known as stage IV breast cancer, can be any size and occurs when cancer has spread outside the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, bones, liver, or brain.
How is MBC Diagnosed?
Because MBC may impact different areas of the body, your healthcare team may use the following tests to confirm diagnosis of the disease:
- Blood tests that may detect any abnormalities
- Imaging tests, such as an MRI, PET/CT scan, bone scan, and X-ray
- A biopsy using tissue or fluid samples to confirm the presence of cancer
- Additional cancer lab tests to help determine the subtype of the cancer
Once a diagnosis of MBC is made, treatment is based on the specific test results and what your doctor determines is right for you.
There is currently no cure for metastatic breast cancer, but there are treatments that can shrink the cancer or slow its progress for some time.
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What To Consider
You want to choose a treatment that is effective, but it is also important to understand the side effects and consider how a potential treatment may affect your lifestyle. Talk with your doctor about which treatment may be right for you.
Know Your Subtype
Knowing your subtype is important because there are different types of MBC. Your doctor can give you a test and, based on the results, tell you which type of metastatic breast cancer you have.
Partner with Your Doctor
As you begin to weigh options, it’s important to have your voice heard and share in the decision-making process with your healthcare team. They know the science and details of your treatment options, but only you know your concerns and goals.
WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK
Find helpful questions to ask your doctor to help you navigate your treatment options.
Tips & Support
You’ve just found out you have MBC and you may be thinking, “What now?” Give yourself time to process your diagnosis. You may be feeling overwhelmed, but there are things you can do to help.
This Tips Sheet is designed to help support you as you manage your diagnosis.
Newly Diagnosed Tips Sheet
Here are a few tips and supportive resources you can print or email to yourself and loved ones.
It is easy to lose yourself in a diagnosis like MBC. You need people to help you get through this difficult time.”
For Those Newly Prescribed IBRANCE
The sections below offer information specifically helpful to those who have been newly prescribed IBRANCE as well as to those who care for them.
Making Your Support Needs A Priority. Together.
At Pfizer Oncology Together, we treat your individual needs as a priority. We'll help you identify financial assistance options so you can get your prescribed IBRANCE. We'll also connect you with a dedicated Care Champion who has social work experience and can provide resources that may help with some of your day-to-day challenges. Because when it comes to support, we're in this together. For live personalized support, call
Connect With Other Patients Taking IBRANCE
The IBRANCE Ambassador Mentor Program offers patients currently taking IBRANCE—as well as their caregivers—the opportunity to speak with a Patient or Caregiver Ambassador on a personal, one-on-one phone call. To get set up with a mentor, call
Mentors are not medical or mental health professionals and do not provide any medical advice. Please contact your healthcare team for medical information.