Secondary breast cancer occurs, also called metastatic breast cancer, when the disease is spread from the breast to other parts of the body. Some patients will be the initial diagnosis of breast cancer to discover she had spread,/ and are in fact widespread breast cancer. Many women who are diagnosed with secondary breast cancer earlier. Secondary cancer is caused by cancer cells break away from where the first infection to travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Metastatic breast cancer is clearly dangerous and more difficult to fight because the disease is not limited simply to the breast.
When metastatic cancer, is the most likely places it will spread to the liver, lungs, bones and brain. However, because this type of cancer spreads, this does not mean that they necessarily will spread to most or all of these places.
Because every woman is unique, those who develop metastatic breast cancer will have its set of symptoms. This is determined by the secondary cancer site. If the bones, usually means symptoms aches and pains in the bones, especially when moving. It can also be difficult to sleep.
If cancer spreads to the brain, are possible symptoms of headaches, vomiting, and nausea. It may be that the patient will have less control over a limb like an arm. Also, can have bouts of Vertigo and had their vision impaired in some way. In rare cases, it can cause cancer that spreads to the brain.
If cancer spreads to the liver, the patient might lose weight; suffer the laoss of appetite or even bloated belly. Cancer spreads to the lungs; the patient may be a dry cough and chest pains and shortness of breath. But with all of the above are symptoms of metastatic breast cancer, it does not necessarily mean that any or all of them will occur.
Once they are diagnosed with breast cancer or metastatic. Treatment aims to achieve numerous results.
1. to control cancer and stop its spread.
2. to relieve pain symptoms and
3. To improve the quality of life of the patient.
These things can be achieved using combination therapies. Choose the types of treatment depends on a number of factors including the status of cancer and the patient's ability to deal with any side effects that may occur. As always, the doctor and any specialists can answer all your questions. Be prepared to ask questions as it is your body and your control. Don't be afraid to express their opinions.
Some women who have diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials as part of treatment. One of the exciting things about breast cancer research to new drugs and practices often being tested. Any improvements then agreed and made available free of charge for future patients around the world. Clinical trials are also the subject you should not hesitate to raise with your doctor.