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Treatment of Stage IV (Metastatic) Breast Cancer
Metastatic Cancer: When Cancer Spreads - National Cancer Institute
Advanced breast cancer means that a breast cancer has spread to another part of the body. This includes the liver, lungs, brain, or bones. It doesn't include breast cancers that are affecting the lymph glands under the arm. Sometimes cancer is advanced when it is first diagnosed. Or the cancer has come back and spread after treatment for the original cancer. This includes lymph nodes around the collar bone and breast bone.
Metastatic breast cancer
It is estimated that , women and men in the United States currently have metastatic breast cancer , which means that the cancer has spread to the bones, liver, lungs, brain or other parts of the body. Metastasis of breast cancer may not surface for many years after a person is first diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. Therefore, predicting the prognosis the likely course of a disease of metastatic breast cancer may require the medical team to look closely at factors such as the length time between initial diagnosis and metastasis, genetics, and more. New breast cancer treatment is aimed at improving the survival rate and increasing the longevity of those who are diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
Metastatic breast cancer also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer is not a specific type of breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain. For example, breast cancer that has spread to the bones is still breast cancer not bone cancer. It may also be called metastatic breast cancer in the bones or bone metastases. Breast cancer cells have invaded the bones.