Do you know what metastatic breast cancer is?

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What is metastatic breast cancer (mBC)?

Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer and there is currently no cure for it. mBc occurs when breast cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body — commonly, the bones, lungs, liver, and brain.

Pic credit: National Breast Cancer Foundation

According to a survey done by Pfizer across Asia Pacific and Malaysia, 35 per cent of Malaysian have never heard of mBC; 7 in 10, meanwhile, inaccurately believe that mBC is curable.

Solving the problem

Pfizer Malaysia has put together a comprehensive patient guidebook on Metastatic Breast Cancer, titled Your Journey Starts Here: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer.

A first-of-its-kind, 75-page guidebook to help patients and their loved ones navigate through Metastatic Breast Cancer

The guidebook is presented in an easy-to-read format with illustrations, making it easier to understand key facts and medical information about mBC. The guidebook was reviewed and edited by consultant oncologists Dr Mastura Md Yusof and Associate Professor Ho Gwo Fuang.

You can get a hold of the guidebook at all public and private cancer centres nationwide, and from cancer support groups. Patients can also obtain a copy from their oncology clinics and, soon, you can get an online copy on Pfizer’s website for Malaysia. Download the soft copy by clicking on the link: Metastatic Breast Cancer (mBC) Patient Guidebook.

 

References:

  1. O’Shaughnessy J. Extending survival with chemotherapy in metastatic breast cancer. The Oncologist 2005;10 (Suppl 3):20-29
  2. American Cancer Society. Detailed guide: Breast cancer. Available at: Understanding a Breast Cancer Diagnosis 
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