Overview

While breast cancer is a high-profile disease, receiving significant private and public research funding and focused awareness and prevention initiatives, patients with metastatic breast cancer face unique challenges. According to the Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Alliance “public messaging about the [breast cancer] ‘cure’ and survivorship is so pervasive that people diagnosed at stage IV with metastatic breast cancer can be stigmatized by the perception that they’ve failed to take care of themselves or undergo annual screening.” In addition, many metastatic breast cancer patients face a number of communication challenges, including:

  • A perception that their cancer is curable, driven in part by a low-level of engagement during conversations with providers
  • Providers who use overly vague or overly technical medical language
  • Providers who may “minimize” the severity of the disease, perhaps in efforts to reduce patient distress or help patients stay positive, engaged, and compliant with treatment recommendations.

With this education project, ACCC seeks to address these challenges. Specific project goals are to:

  • expand the current breast cancer conversation to address gaps between early and metastatic disease and
  • improve the treatment and management of metastatic breast cancer in the community setting. 

For more information about this project, contact Elana Plotkin, ACCC Provider Education. 

Find Metastatic Breast Cancer Resources Fast

The new, online ACCC Metastatic Breast Cancer Resource Library connects you to curated materials (webinars, articles, blogs, and more) specific to supporting your MBC patients through specialized support tools and tailored education.

Search by topic, resource type (e.g., webinar, article, blog, tool), point of care, or by the effective practices identified in the ACCC Metastatic Breast Cancer project workbook—then share these nationally available, free resources with your patients.
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MBC Case StudiesEffective Principles in Action

Building on principles to reframe the patient-provider conversation identified in the Metastatic Breast Cancer Workbook, Metastatic Breast Cancer: Effective Principles in Action explores how three differently structured cancer programs are creating and evolving approaches to implementing these principles.
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ACCC thanks the following member programs for their participation:

Cowell Family Cancer Center Munson Healthcare
Traverse City, Michigan

Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer, Saint Luke's Health System
Kansas City, Missouri

Providence Cancer Institute
Providence Health & Services
Portland, Oregon

 
 

MBC PublicationWorkbook & Case Studies

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Effective Principles & Practices in Patient Support includes key highlights from the project's environmental scan, a communication process map that integrates 6 effective principles into the care continuum, helping to reframe and improve the conversation between providers and patients, and examples of how ACCC Cancer Program members are putting these principles into action to delivery holistic, patient-centered care.
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ACCC thanks the following member programs for their participation:

Gibbs Cancer Center
Spartanburg, South Carolina

Providence Cancer Center
Portland, Oregon

Sanford Cancer Center
Fargo, South Dakota

 
 

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