Session 6 - Living with metastatic breast or ovarian cancer

This session is intended for Caregivers, Patients, Professionals, Members of the General Public

This session will offer practical and emotional understanding of the issues unique to caring for someone living with a metastatic breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Presentation will include:

  1. Brief overview of treatment approaches for advanced cancer, including clinical trials
  2. Importance of having the information you need (both you and your partner) to adjust to this reality, and make informed decisions
  3. Prioritizing questions to ask the doctors including sample questions
  4. How to support your partner through this diagnosis and adjusting as a couple to the new reality and prognosis
  5. Communicating through difficult decisions “preparing for the worst while hoping for the best”:
    • How to communicate ongoing treatment/changes with your immediate and extended family, as well as friends, and colleagues.
  6. How to communicate and process your own emotions during this time
  7. Resources for long-term caregivers:
    • End-of-life planning
    • Respite and hospice care
    • Supportive services and resources

These topics will be addressed during this conference and will be followed by a question/answer period.

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE CAREGIVER COMPANION for families supporting loved ones with breast or ovarian cancer.

Watch the Partners in Care Cancer Series : Caregivers, survivors, and health care professionals talk about the importance of the caregiver in the breast and ovarian cancer journey. Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3  – Part 4

  1. Director of Support Services & Community Engagement Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support With a background in social work, and women’s studies Danielle joined Willow in 2001, and has held several positions involving education, outreach and volunteer engagement. Her current role at Willow involves the education, support and training for our staff and volunteers to equip them with the skills and tools to provide the best possible service to all Canadians affected by breast and hereditary cancer. Danielle has over ten years of group facilitation and training experience in this field. On a personal level, she is a caregiver for her mother-in-law who had breast cancer in 2010.


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