Nearing the end of life with breast cancer can be a physically and emotionally demanding time, but strategic care items and actions can help provide relief for both body and mind.

There is no specific window of time that defines the end of life. In most conditions, one indication is a steady decline in overall health after the diagnosis of an end-of-life condition, but it is not always easy to tell.

In breast cancer, the need for end-of-life care is necessary with stage 4, also known as metastatic breast cancer. At this stage, cancer has spread to distant sites around the body.

It is possible to live for years with stage 4 breast cancer. However, as the end of life nears, having the right care resources on hand can help reduce undue distress.

Explore the following infographic to learn about preparing for end-of-life care for breast cancer.

End-of-life breast cancer care can be a whirlwind of doctor visits, legal arrangements, and heavy decision-making — all on top of managing comfort and well-being.

During this challenging time, being prepared with and making the most of palliative care items can help improve a person’s quality of life wherever possible.