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About metastatic breast cancer

UNDERSTANDING YOUR
METASTATIC BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS

A metastatic breast cancer diagnosis may feel overwhelming but please know that you are not alone. Here you can find information and resources to help you understand your diagnosis and treatments, as well as guidance with navigating the choices you will need to make.

LEARN THE FACTS
ABOUT METASTATIC
BREAST CANCER

The information here may be able to help you answer some questions you have in mind about metastatic breast cancer.You may have received treatment for your early breast cancer or you could be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer for the first time.

Whichever applies to you, the following facts about metastatic breast cancer are the same:

  • Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer and occurs when the disease spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body1,2.
  • The aim of treatment is to control the growth and spread of the cancer, to relieve symptoms, reduce pain, improve or maintain quality of life, and help patients live longer.
  • Everyone’s experience is different – you will not necessarily have the same breast cancer symptoms, side effects and treatments as someone else1.
Reference
  1. National Breast Cancer Foundation Australia (2019). Stage 4- Metastatic Breast Cancer. Retrieved from https://nbcf.org.au/about-national-breast-cancer-foundation/about-breast-cancer/stages-types-treatment-breast-cancer/stage-4-metastatic-breast-cancer Accessed February 12, 2019.
  2. Australian Government Cancer Australia (September 2017) Metastatic Breast Cancer. Retrieved from https://breast-cancer.canceraustralia.gov.au/types/metastatic-breast-cancer Accessed February 12, 2019.