Breast Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent - What Happens
Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of
control in one or both breasts. Breast cancer can come back in or near the original location after treatment (recur) and affect nearby
lymph nodes .
Cancer cells also can travel from the breast, either through the bloodstream or the
lymphatic system, to other parts of the body and cause
cancer in a new location (metastasize). Metastatic
breast cancer can be present when a woman is first diagnosed with breast cancer,
or it may occur months to years after treatment.
Your medical team will put together a treatment plan for you. This plan will be based on many things, such as the stage of your cancer, whether the cancer is hormone-receptor positive, and what treatments you may have had in the past.
To learn more about treatment, see Treatment Overview.