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Secondary breast cancer

Secondary breast cancer means that a cancer that began in you breast has spread to another part of the body. The treatment you need depends on a number of factors including where it is in your body. Find out more about what it is, symptoms, possible treatments and get tips on how to cope.

What is secondary breast cancer?

Secondary breast cancer is when the cancer has spread from the breast and gone to another part of the body.

Symptoms of secondary breast cancer

Symptoms of secondary breast cancer can vary depending on where the cancer has spread to.

Tests to diagnose secondary breast cancer

There are a number of tests you may have to diagnose secondary breast cancer.

Treatment for secondary breast cancer

Find out about the different types of treatment you might have when breast cancer has spread or come back.

Living with secondary breast cancer

Find out about how to cope with advanced breast cancer and about the support available to you.

Last reviewed: 
19 Apr 2021
Next review due: 
19 Apr 2024
Json LD: 
Coronavirus and cancer

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