Depression is common after a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, whether caused by treatment or emotional stress. Getting support can improve emotional and physical symptoms like poor sleep, loss of appetite, and pulling away from family and friends.
To learn more about depression after a metastatic diagnosis and the impact of seeking support, check out the links below.
The Basics Of Depression
- My Feelings and Metastatic Breast Cancer This article from Breast Cancer Network Australia offers information on depression after an MBC diagnosis with stories from women living with MBC to highlight it.
- Out of Darkness After a Mental Health Crisis: Kelli Davis This interview of Kelli Davis by Living Beyond Breast Cancer talks about how MBC diagnosis led to her mental health crisis and how she got through it.
Challenges Of Depression And MBC
- Quality of Life Key Findings The Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance shows that while depression is common, few people access mental health support.
Importance Of Mental Health Care
- Why Mental Health Screenings Should Be a Regular Part of Cancer Care Mental Health America explains the importance of screening people for depression and other emotional issues soon after diagnosis, including research findings that depression may lead to longer hospital stays.
- Depression in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Dr. David Spiegel discusses a psychological study that suggests diagnosing depression earlier may impact survival by improving health factors like diet and following your treatment plan.
What Are My Support Options?
- Mental Health Care Options for People With Metastatic Breast Cancer Breastcancer.org offers a comprehensive look at what support options are available for coping with depression and MBC.
Hope From Others
- 16 People with Metastatic Breast Cancer Share Advice for the Newly Diagnosed Read the experiences of others diagnosed with MBC, and how they felt better over time.