Recurrent breast cancer is cancer that's returned to the same or opposite breast or chest wall after a period of time when it was undetected.
Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread to other parts of your body. Cancer cells break off the original tumor in your breast and spread to other parts of the body by traveling through your bloodstream or lymphatic system. The new tumor is made up of cells from the breast cancer. So, even if the breast cancer spreads to a bone, it's made up of the breast cancer cells, not bone cells.
Both recurrent and metastatic are considered advanced-stage cancer; metastatic breast cancer is also known as stage IV. There are new options for recurrent or metastatic breast cancer treatment that may not have been available during the initial cancer.
Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?
Renowned Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester. We offer treatments customized to your individual needs at one of the nation's best breast cancer diagnosis and care programs.
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation by the American College of Radiology. Thanks to imaging excellence, you receive a more precise diagnosis, which then guides a more effective treatment plan.