What Is Metastatic Breast Cancer?

As many of us know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is a time where the community comes together to support individuals who have conquered, or are currently battling, breast cancer. However, the type of breast cancer that is rarely discussed and is currently affecting 155,000 Americans is Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Metastasis occurs when the cancerous cells travel to vital organs (usually the liver, bones, lungs, or brain) in an individual’s body, and this is when the disease becomes life threatening. Treatment for this kind of breast cancer is lifelong, focuses on controlling the disease, and improving the individual’s quality of life. Treatment is determined by various factors; such as, the location of the cancer and previous treatments.

To learn more about this disease log on to mbcn.org.