The diagnosis

A diagnosis tells you the name of the condition you have. This may be early breast cancer (also known as primary breast cancer) or secondary (metastatic) breast cancer (when breast cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body).

Understanding your diagnosis is important. It affects the treatment choices you'll be given and may influence life choices you make from now on.

The following sections talk about different diagnoses and explain the terms used.

Last reviewed: July 2016
Next planned review begins 2018

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