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Understanding Metastatic Breast Cancer’s Impact on Daily Life

Eli Lilly and Company  | January 1, 2020

For many people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), the unique emotional, social and physical challenges can take a toll – not just on those with the disease, but also on their family and friends.  

Lilly created the More for MBC initiative with the aim of increasing support for the women and men living with this complex, incurable disease. As part of this initiative, Lilly partnered with leaders in the MBC community to commission a national survey of patients, friends, family and health care providers (HCPs) in hopes of better understanding these daily challenges.  

The survey uncovered some stark realities. For example, in a typical week, people living with MBC spend nearly half of their time on things related to their cancer. The impact of their diagnosis on family, the financial impact of MBC and worrying about the disease itself top the list. With their daily lives interrupted in all areas, people living with MBC say they need more support.  

Yet while care partners wish they could do more, MBC tends to take over family members’ and friends’ lives, too. The survey uncovered that family and friends of people living with MBC spend over half of a typical week (56%) doing things related to their loved one’s MBC.  

HCPs also want to do more, especially when it comes to mental health. Nearly half of oncologists say they want to learn more about the impact of MBC in this area, and more than half would like to provide patients with additional mental health support if needed. 

The bottom line: This community is passionate about doing more for MBC, and Lilly’s goal is to help foster this with more awareness through education, more research and more dedicated solutions for the courageous women and men living with MBC.