Secondary (metastatic) breast cancer

Secondary breast cancer occurs when breast cancer cells spread from the first (primary) cancer in the breast through the lymphatic or blood system to other parts of the body.

These pages can help you understand more about the diagnosis, treatments and living with secondary breast cancer.

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Find out about the signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer. It’s important to report any symptoms you have that are new and persistent and have no obvious cause to your doctor or breast care nurse.

Usually secondary breast cancer is diagnosed some time after the primary breast cancer, but sometimes it is diagnosed at the same time.

Information about the main treatments for secondary breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Care’s vision is that everyone with a diagnosis of breast cancer receives the best treatment, information and support.

Each person’s experience of secondary breast cancer is unique and everyone will cope with their diagnosis and the impact it has on their life in their own way. 

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