The bones are the most common place where metastatic breast cancer cells tend to go. For more than half of women who develop stage IV breast cancer, the bones are the first site of metastasis. Although breast cancer can spread to any bone, the most common sites are the ribs, spine, pelvis, and long bones in the arms and legs. A sudden, noticeable new pain is the most common symptom of cancer that has spread to the bone.
Treatment of secondary breast cancer in the bone
Metastatic breast cancer: End-of-life symptoms and care
Schoger died of metastatic breast cancer in May. Want to learn more about MBC? That everybody survives cancer now. But everybody does not survive cancer. An estimated ,plus women and men in the U. Between 20 and 30 percent of women with early stage breast cancer go on to develop metastatic disease.
Treatment of Stage IV (Metastatic) Breast Cancer
At the U-M Rogel Cancer Center, treatment of bone metastasis takes place in the clinic where the originating cancer is treated. For example, if prostate cancer has metastasized into the bone, it is treated in the Urologic Oncology Clinic. Call the Cancer AnswerLine at for help finding the clinic you need. The bone is a common site for metastasis.
Nearly all types of cancer can spread metastasize to the bones. But some types of cancer are particularly likely to spread to bone, including breast cancer and prostate cancer. Bone metastasis can occur in any bone but more commonly occurs in the spine, pelvis and thigh. Bone metastasis may be the first sign that you have cancer, or bone metastasis may occur years after cancer treatment.