What are the symptoms of metastatic breast cancer?

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JulieGralowMD (Physician - Oncology - Hematology/Oncology (Verified) ) - 05 / 28 / 2012

Common sites of metastatic breast cancer recurrence include the liver, lung and bones. The lymph nodes, skin and brain can also be sites of spread. Pain is a common symptom of recurrence in the bone. Shortness of breath or cough might indicate a recurrence in the lungs. For the liver, pain in your upper abdomen or jaundice might be the first sign. Most symptoms of cancer recurrence are also symptoms of benign problems that are much more common, so it’s hard to know when to be concerned. The important message is that you should communicate with your healthcare team about any symptom that is new, unexplained by a recent activity, and doesn’t go away.
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