Where Can Breast Cancer Spread To?

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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To where does breast cancer spread?

Doctor's response

Breast cancer that has spread from where it began in the breast (generally either the ducts or lobules) to other tissues of the body is referred to as invasive breast cancer, or metastatic breast cancer. The most common sites of spread of metastatic breast cancer are the bone, the lungs, the liver, and the brain. Cancer that is then detected in one of these organs involved is referred to as breast cancer that has metastasized to the particular organ. It is not referred to as cancer of that organ.

To learn more, read our full medical article about breast cancer metastasis, symptoms, signs, treatment, and prognosis.


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Reviewed on 10/16/2017