What’s the difference between breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer?

What form of breast cancer is the deadliest?

Metastatic Breast Cancer

The most serious and dangerous breast cancers – wherever they arise or whatever their type – are metastatic cancers. Metastasis means that the cancer has spread from the place where it started into other tissues distant from the original tumor site.

When is breast cancer considered metastatic?

When breast cancer spreads to an area farther from where it started to another part of the body, doctors say that the cancer has “metastasized.” They call the area of spread a “metastasis,” or use the plural of “metastases” if the cancer has spread to more than 1 area. The disease is called metastatic breast cancer.

Is breast cancer highly metastatic?

Nearly 30% of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer will develop metastatic disease. Some people have metastatic breast cancer when they are first diagnosed with breast cancer (called “de novo metastatic”). This means that the cancer in the breast wasn’t detected before it spread to another part of the body.

Can you live 20 years with metastatic breast cancer?

While there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, there are treatments that slow the cancer, extending the patient’s life while also improving the quality of life, Henry says. Many patients now live 10 years or more after a metastatic diagnosis.

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Do you feel ill with breast cancer?

Some general symptoms that breast cancer may have spread include: Feeling constantly tired. Constant nausea (feeling sick)

What is the easiest breast cancer to treat?

Invasive breast cancers are staged I through IV, with stage I being the earliest stage and easiest to treat, while stages II and III represent advancing cancer, with stage IV representing breast cancer cells that have spread (metastasized) to distant organs like the bones, lungs, or brain.

Which bones does breast cancer spread to first?

For more than half of women who develop stage IV breast cancer, the bones are the first site of metastasis. Although breast cancer can spread to any bone, the most common sites are the ribs, spine, pelvis, and long bones in the arms and legs.

Does metastatic breast cancer show up in blood work?

Blood tumor marker tests.

For metastatic breast cancer, testing may be done for cancer antigen 15-3 (CA 15-3), cancer antigen 27.29 (CA 27.29), and/or carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). These biomarkers may be found in the blood of people with breast cancer.