In the Spotlight
The mission of The MetaCancer Foundation is to improve the psychosocial condition of people living with metastatic cancers.
The MetaCancer Foundation seeks to fulfill this mission primarily by using the power and accessibility of the Internet to reach survivors and caregivers who may be geographically dispersed, disinclined to leave their homes, and particularly anxious about the diagnosis of an incurable or terminal disease. We provide a superlative online oasis at www.metacancer.org that seeks to empower people living with various kinds of cancer that has metastasized. Our primary goals are:
- To provide the benefits of online community, support, and resources focused on the unique psychological and emotional aspects of living with metastatic cancer.
- To provide creative and artistic online features that suggest new and better ways of feeling a sense of control, or expressing a range of emotions, for site users living with an incurable or terminal disease.
- To provide grants to other nonprofit organizations that can lead to content for www.metacancer.org while also serving the psychosocial needs of survivors and caregivers living with metastatic cancers.
The purpose of this website is to encourage you to think about metastatic cancer on a different level. You may have been told that your cancer is "incurable" or "terminal". You may think that your entire life must now revolve around being a cancer patient. And you may wonder how you might find hope in the midst of anger, frustration, or the question, "Why Me?"
At metacancer.org we believe that positive thinking can profoundly affect how we live. We start with the assumption that someone living with cancer is much more than just a cancer patient. Even metastatic cancer patients and their caregivers can focus on living beyond cancer. That means not only beating it at some point down the road, but also refusing to let it consume you right now: rising above it on a daily basis, no matter how often you may be engaged with treatments, therapies, and the everyday ups and downs of advanced cancers.
We encourage dialogue among those with very different types of metastatic cancer (breast, prostate, colorectal, ovarian, bladder/urinary, skin, lung, etc.), even though your treatment protocols and medical issues may seem to have little in common with each other. You are united, unfortunately, by survival rates that are dramatically lower than the survival rates for early-stage or localized cancers.
There are many resources available online for medical information, as well as support from advocacy groups focused on specific types of cancer. But you may feel that you have more in common with others confronting metastatic cancers, regardless of where they started, than you do with someone facing an early stage of your own type of cancer.
We hope this website will address some of your unique needs and concerns, along with the needs of those who care for you and love you.
This website is dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Anne Prostic, a phenomenal woman, wife, and mother who passed away on March 31, 2005 from metastatic breast cancer.