What Are The Symptoms of Metastatic Breast Cancer?

What Are the Symptoms of Metastatic Breast Cancer?
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Depending on how far your breast cancer has spread, where it has spread to, as well as what tissue-type the new cancer has invaded, symptoms will vary.


Metastasis in the BONE may cause:

  • Severe, progressive pain
  • Swelling
  • Bones that are more easily fractured or broken

Metastasis to the BRAIN may cause:

  • Persistent, progressively worsening headache or pressure to the head
  • Vision disturbances, Eye drooping
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Behavioral changes or personality changes

 Metastasis to the LIVER may cause:

  • Jaundice
  • Itchy skin or rash
  • Abnormally high enzymes in the liver
  • Abdominal pain, appetite loss, nausea, and vomiting

Metastasis to the LUNGS may cause:

  • Chronic cough or inability to get a full breath
  • Constant shortness of breath
  • Abnormal chest X-ray
  • Chest pain
  • Other nonspecific systemic symptoms of metastatic breast cancer can include fatigue, weight loss, and poor appetite, but it’s important to remember these can also be caused by medication or depression.


1. Some people are diagnosed with advanced breast cancer the 1st time round .

2. Always report each and every symptom to your doctor so you receive the treatment you need.

3. Ensure that you attend your follow-up appointments regularly if you have had breast cancer before.




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