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.

Concerned about your cancer returning? »

Find out the signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer and why it's important to report anything new to your doctor or breast care nurse.

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

Information about the main treatments for secondary breast cancer.

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. 

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.