Metastatic Disease

Mutated and malignant, breast cancer cells can be carried in the blood stream and lymph system to other places in the body. Unfortunately they have the ability to thrive and multiply in other tissue when this occurs.

The most common areas breast cancer cells spread to are the bones, the lungs, the liver and the brain.

When certain symptoms such as shortness of breath, increasing pain and swelling occur, tests are done to make a definite diagnosis. These tests may include one or more of the following:

Once a diagnosis of metastatic disease is confirmed, treatment offerings may include chemotherapy, radiation and/or hormone therapy. Certain treatments may continue as long as they are effective.

As with the original breast cancer diagnosis, it is important to use all the information you have about your health to find the resources you need.