Metastatic Breast Cancer in Canada: The lived experience of patients and caregivers: 2013

Full Report – Metastatic Breast Cancer in Canada: The lived experience of patients and caregivers (PDF), written in collaboration with Rethink Breast Cancer.



Metastatic breast cancer refers to cancer that has spread from the breast to different parts of the body, most commonly the bones, liver, lungs and brain. It is estimated that 10% of the approximate 23,800 women that will be diagnosed this year with breast cancer, will have an initial diagnosis of metastatic disease. In addition, 30% of women diagnosed initially with an earlier stage of breast cancer will go on to develop metastatic breast cancer.


The realities and challenges faced by those diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer often go unrecognized. This report, based on a 2012 national survey, shares those lived experiences by highlighting:

  • The impact on quality of life
  • Access to treatment, support services and new therapies
  • Financial impact associated with accessing treatment

To read the press release, please click here.

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Last updated: October 28, 2014