Being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer can come as a great shock. If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, it’s important to get the right information. Getting the right information can help you make informed decisions and give you greater control over your treatment choices and wellbeing.
You can find out more about metastatic breast cancer, as well as the support and treatment available to you, by navigating to the links below.
About metastatic breast cancer
Metastatic breast cancer is when cancer cells have spread from the original cancer site in the breast to more distant parts of the body. Terms such as advanced breast cancer, secondary breast cancer, secondary cancers, metastases and secondaries are all different ways of describing metastatic breast cancer, but they all mean the same thing.
Fortunately, advances in treatment mean that some women with metastatic breast cancer are now living for many years.
You can read more about metastatic breast cancer, as well as the treatment options available by selecting a topic from the below menu.
Note: You can find out about types of breast cancer, including ductal carcinoma in situ, triple negative breast cancer and HER2-positive breast cancer on our Types of breast cancer page.
Coping with metastatic breast cancer
Women react to discovering that they have metastatic breast cancer in different ways. The below support sections may help you to explore your options and decide what might be best for you. The below menu items give advice on health and wellbeing, as well as links to professional support, metastatic breast cancer support groups in your area, as well as BCNA's own Helpline.