Secondary (metastatic) breast cancer

Secondary breast cancer occurs when breast cancer cells spread from the first (primary) tumour 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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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. After diagnosis, many people take time to think about their life and the things that are important to them.

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

Come to this Younger Women with Secondaries Together event and meet other women under 45 who’ve been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. 

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