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Take Charge of Your Advanced Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Get expert advice on navigating a diagnosis and treatment


Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, other than skin cancer — and that means you probably know someone who’s been affected by breast cancer in some way.

Though any cancer diagnosis is scary, women living with advanced or metastatic breast cancer are more likely to experience significant emotional stress than those with a less advanced stage of breast cancer. And women of color face unique challenges from the disease, with Black women being 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.

In one of our new stories in our advanced breast cancer program, we explore some of the reasons why women of color have worse breast cancer outcomes and what experts are trying to do about it.

We also spoke with experts about what steps you should take after receiving a diagnosis, what to expect in your doctor’s appointments and which treatment options may be available to you. If your treatment includes surgery, part of your recovery may involve choosing a new bra. You’ll be glad to know that Elisa Lawson, owner of Women’s Health Boutique at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, says, “Women now have more options than ever,” so don’t miss our infographic with tips for choosing the right bra after surgery.

This resource was created with support from Merck and Sanofi.