What Do I Do Now?

“What do I do now?”
If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, that’s one of the first questions you will ask. It’s important to get on the right track right away — seeing the right team, having the right tests, and getting the right treatment, right from the start.


When faced with a complex diagnosis like metastatic breast cancer (MBC), it is critical to connect early with patient-focused organizations like the advocate members of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance (MBCA). They are focused on providing information and services that will help you optimize outcomes, and they will help you create your path to Precision Medicine and Treatment.

Right Team
It is best to consult with specialists who diagnose and treat a high volume of patients with metastatic breast cancer. You can find these specialists at places like National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated and high-volume cancer centers. Seeking a second opinion at any point is also highly recommended to ensure optimal care for your type of breast cancer.
Right Tests
Every case of cancer is different. Know your type of metastatic breast cancer and understand your pathology report. The right tests can help you quickly obtain a specific diagnosis and a more accurate treatment approach. It is vital to have a biopsy of your metastatic tumor and appropriate genomic and histological testing of the tumor, as well as all other appropriate tests as early as possible to help determine your best treatment options.
Right Treatment
With the right team and right tests, you have what you need to find the best treatment for your specific diagnosis and access the highest quality of care. Click here to find a guide, created by the MBC Network, with advice from patients living with MBC along with guidance on treatment decisions. Depending on your diagnosis, a clinical trial may be an excellent option. Find MBC-specific clinical trials at Metastatic Trial Search and discuss them with your healthcare provider.

Share at Every Step
Raise your hand as a patient and get involved as a partner in research. Join MBC Connect™, the MBC Alliance’s interactive MBC Patient Registry. Share your data throughout your treatment. Your specific information and experiences can help you and other patients like you by accelerating research. The more data we collect, the more answers we can provide.

Right Resources
A diagnosis of MBC comes with myriad needs – from education about and understanding of your MBC diagnosis, to financial matters, to emotional support needs. Get the facts about metastatic breast cancer. Find the right resources to help you and your loved ones live the best possible life after an MBC diagnosis.

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