What does it mean to have metastatic breast cancer?

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DrAttai (Physician - Surgery - Breast (Verified) ) - 04 / 02 / 2012

Metastatic breast cancer means that the breast cancer has spread outside of the breast and outside of the underarm (axillary) lymph nodes. The most common sites of spread are to lymph nodes above the clavicle, in the chest, and to the lung, liver, bones, and brain. Metastatic breast cancer, or Stage IV breast cancer, is not considered curable, but modern treatments do allow for much longer survival with a better quality of life than older treatment regimens.
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