Tips for living with mBC

Having cancer can trigger many emotions, such as shock, disbelief, and fear. These emotions are normal. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, talk with your health care team. Counseling and support groups can also be useful.


A healthy diet is very important during treatment. People with cancer may need to follow diets that require them to eat enough in order to keep up their strength. Before making any changes to your diet, be sure to talk to your health care provider.

Eat a healthy diet

consisting of grains, 2 cups of colorful fruits and 3 cups of colorful vegetables per day, dairy, and protein-rich foods like chicken, fish, or beans.

Eat small snacks throughout the day

if you are unable to eat normal meals.

Stay hydrated

with plenty of water or other liquids.

Meet with a Registered Dietician (RD) or nutritionist

who can work with you to develop an eating plan.

Keep a food journal

to help you understand and manage your symptoms. Write down what food you ate and how you felt, and your RD can help you adjust your diet according to this information.

Symptoms and Food

mBC treatment can affect your ability to eat and the way your body deals with food. It can change the way food tastes or smells. It can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and/or fatigue. Ask your health care team about which types of nutrition are right for you. Here are some tips:

  • Eating proteins such as chicken, fish, or beans, as well as small, healthy snacks throughout the day may help if you feel fatigued
  • The BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) may help with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • High-fiber foods, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts may help with constipation

Weight Loss and Gain

mBC treatment may affect your weight. Consider working together with your doctor and RD to adjust your diet and keep track of any weight changes. Eating certain foods may help keep your weight stable during treatment.

If you are losing weight, consider adding calories and proteins:

  • Add grated or melted cheese to potatoes, meats, vegetables, etc
  • Add granola or nuts to ice cream
  • Add cooked meats to salads and omelettes
  • Eat tofu, beans, and hummus (check out this recipe for a wrap)
  • Use butter, margarine, or oils
  • Eat pastas with cream sauce

If you are gaining weight, consider nutritious, low-calorie foods:

  • Experiment with different salads
    (check out this recipe for butternut squash and bean salad)
  • Steam vegetables
    (check out this recipe for steamed sesame broccoli)
  • Limit sugar intake
  • Drink lots of water


Just as important as your physical well-being is your emotional well-being. It is common for cancer patients to experience stress, anxiety, and even depression. Take steps to keep yourself feeling mentally healthy.

  • Allow yourself time to pause and regroup
  • Talk to your health care team about ways you may be able to stay active
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  • Spend time with friends and family, people who make you feel good
  • Focus on things you can control


It is totally normal to experience anxiety about tests and medical procedures. If you ever feel that these feelings are out of control, make sure to talk to your health care team about coping strategies.


It can be difficult to see a loved one go through cancer treatment. There are ways that you can help.

  • Take on things that are stressful to your loved one, like navigating insurance, or providing food and transportation
  • Accompany them to their appointments
  • Bring things like books, magazines, pillows, and blankets to treatment sessions

You might feel that your loved one’s needs are more important than your own during treatment, but make sure that you take care of yourself too. If your well-being takes a backseat, you won't be able to fully be there to help your loved one. Take moments for yourself and be sure to reach out to friends and family for help if you need it.

Who is HALAVEN (eribulin mesylate) Injection for?

HALAVEN is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, and who have already received other types of anticancer medicines after the cancer has spread.

What safety information do I need to know about HALAVEN?

HALAVEN can cause serious side effects, including

  • Low white blood cell count (neutropenia). This can lead to serious infections that could lead to death. Your health care provider will check your blood cell counts. Call your health care provider right away if you develop fever (temperature above 100.5°F), chills, cough, or burning or pain when you urinate, as any of these can be symptoms of infection
  • Numbness, tingling, or pain in your hands or feet (peripheral neuropathy). Peripheral neuropathy is common with HALAVEN and sometimes can be severe. Tell your health care provider if you have new or worsening symptoms of peripheral neuropathy
  • Your health care provider may delay or decrease your dose or stop treatment with HALAVEN if you have side effects

Before you receive HALAVEN, tell your health care provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you

  • have liver or kidney problems
  • have heart problems, including a problem called congenital long QT syndrome
  • have low potassium or low magnesium in your blood
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. HALAVEN can harm your unborn baby. Tell your health care provider right away if you become pregnant or think you are pregnant during treatment with HALAVEN. Females who are able to become pregnant should use an effective form of birth control during treatment with HALAVEN and for at least 2 weeks after the final dose of HALAVEN and males should use an effective form of birth control when having sex with female partners who are able to become pregnant during treatment with HALAVEN and for 3½ months (14 weeks) after the final dose of HALAVEN
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if HALAVEN passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with HALAVEN and for 2 weeks after the final dose of HALAVEN

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are the possible side effects of HALAVEN?

HALAVEN can cause changes in your heartbeat (called QT prolongation). This can cause irregular heartbeats. Your health care provider may do heart monitoring (electrocardiogram or ECG) or blood tests during your treatment with HALAVEN to check for heart problems.

The most common side effects of HALAVEN in adults with breast cancer include low white blood cell count (neutropenia), low red blood cell count (anemia), weakness or tiredness, hair loss (alopecia), nausea, and constipation.

Your health care provider will do blood tests before and during treatment while you are taking HALAVEN.

For more information about HALAVEN, please see full Prescribing Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.