Published on May 13, 2020
Sometimes it’s the first bad news a woman hears. Sometimes it appears after she thinks she’s put breast cancer behind her. Always, it’s a shock.
“Let’s Talk Metastatic Breast Cancer” is an eight-part series of 30-minute webinars that will air monthly, from May to December 2020. This online series will bring together metastatic patients, their doctors, researchers and social workers to explore the challenges of being a metastatic breast cancer patient.
The series is structured around the chronology of the patients’ journey. We will begin with the moment of diagnosis, then on through prognosis and treatment while touching on the tribulations that metastatic disease poses to everyday lives. How does breast cancer affect working, caregiving and intimacy? We will ask experts to help us understand the future, both medically and personally, for life with metastatic disease. What are today’s clinical trials all about? How is the world of the metastatic patient evolving? “Let’s Talk Metastatic Breast Cancer” will offer metastatic patients the information and resources they’re looking for, and the sense of community that is so important.
This series is sponsored by Seattle Genetics. This organization has no editorial control. It is produced by Patient Power, and Patient Power is solely responsible for program content.
Tuesday, 6/16/20 at 1 PM Pacific/ 4 PM Eastern
"How did this happen?" "Is metastatic disease genetic or environmental?" These are some of the questions we will answer in part 2 of our series. In this show, patients connect with researchers to explore the different subtypes among women susceptible to metastatic disease. Please send your questions to email@example.com.
Tuesday, 7/21/20 at 1 PM Pacific/ 4 PM Eastern
Usually patients take the tests and receive the results, but what do the doctors see, and how do they interpret the tests? How is metastatic disease usually identified? This week, our guests include an oncologist and a radiologist who explain how scans and blood tests confirm an MBC diagnosis. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, 8/18/20 at 1 PM Pacific/ 4 PM Eastern
In part 4 of our monthly series, we tackle the common questions regarding surgery, medications and immunotherapy. Our patient hosts will talk with an oncologist about the existing treatment options, as well as potential side effects and how to manage them. Please send your questions to email@example.com.
Tuesday, 9/15/20 at 1 PM Pacific/ 4 PM Eastern
What does living with metastatic breast cancer look and feel like? What about side effects and quality of life? Many metastatic patients look normal with hair and everything, but today’s webinar includes a long-term survivor and a newly diagnosed patient, to talk about what life is really like for them. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, 10/20/20 at 1 PM Pacific/ 4 PM Eastern
Advanced breast cancer doesn’t just affect the patient. A panel of partners share their experiences of living with someone with long-term disease. Join us to hear practical advice on how best to care for metastatic breast cancer patients, both those in active treatment and those who are disease-free. Please send your questions to email@example.com.
Tuesday, 11/17/20 at 1 PM Pacific/ 4 PM Eastern
What challenges face women who are diagnosed at a younger age? A group of these metastatic breast cancer patients are joined by a social worker to talk about how they’re coping with issues that are central to their daily lives. From employment, fertility, and raising kids, to managing finances. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, 12/15/20 at 1 PM Pacific/ 4 PM Eastern
Our final episode concludes with a discussion with a clinical trials researcher and a patient advocate about how metastatic disease has changed and where it’s headed. They will discuss the exciting frontiers of research, clinical trials and the future of treatment. The panel will also highlight the ways that the metastatic community has come together to organize, support and speak out for the well-being of metastatic patients. Please send your questions to email@example.com.
The Shock of a Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis
In this premier episode of our “Let’s Talk Metastatic Breast Cancer” series, we discussed how metastatic breast cancer patients vividly recall the moment they were told their cancer had spread. Our guests shared their initial reactions to hearing the news they had metastatic breast cancer.