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 the symptoms of secondary breast cancer, when breast cancer has spread to another part of the body.

Read our information on coping in the days and weeks after a secondary breast cancer diagnosis. 

If your breast cancer has spread to another part of your body, you may be offered one or more different treatments.

A diagnosis of secondary breast cancer will affect many areas of your life. We look at how you might identify and address your needs and concerns.

Share experiences and tips in regular meet-ups with other people in your situation. Also features sessions with experts.

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