When treatment stops


Living with metastatic breast cancer (also known as advanced or secondary cancer) involves having different treatments, often over a number of years. In later stages, the cancer may spread more widely and treatments may become less effective.

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What happens when breast cancer treatment stops?

Even when treatments stop working, pain and symptom control and support will be available to make the woman as comfortable as possible.

Deciding to stop treatment doesn’t mean giving up hope. Everyone will find hope in their own way – whether it’s about finishing something that is important to them, spending time with family and friends or thoughts about an afterlife, if that’s what they believe.

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