Recurrent breast cancer is breast cancer that comes back after initial treatment. Although the initial treatment is aimed at eliminating all cancer cells, a few may have evaded treatment and survived. These undetected cancer cells multiply, becoming recurrent breast cancer. Recurrent breast cancer may occur months or years after your initial treatment. The cancer may come back in the same place as the original cancer local recurrence , or it may spread to other areas of your body distant recurrence. Learning you have recurrent breast cancer may be harder than dealing with the initial diagnosis.
What Are the Symptoms of Metastatic Breast Cancer?
Recurrent breast cancer - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
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.
Metastatic breast cancer
Each breast contains 15 to 20 lobes of glandular tissue, arranged like the petals of a daisy. The lobes are further divided into smaller lobules that produce milk for breast-feeding. Small tubes ducts conduct the milk to a reservoir that lies just beneath your nipple.
Advanced breast cancer means that a cancer that began in the breast has spread to another part of the body. Advanced cancer can also be called secondary cancer. The most common places for breast cancer to spread to are the lymph nodes, bone, liver, lungs and brain. The symptoms you may experience will depend on where in the body the cancer has spread to.