When breast cancer cells spread, the cancer cells are often found in lymph nodes around the breast. Breast cancer can also spread to almost any other part of the body. The most common areas for the cancer to spread are; the bones, liver, lungs, and brain. New tumors have the same type of abnormal cells and the same name as the primary tumor. For example, if breast cancer spreads to the bones, the cancer cells in the bones are actually breast cancer cells. The disease is metastatic breast cancer and not bone cancer. For that reason, the cancer is treated as breast cancer and not bone cancer. Physicians call the new tumor “distant” or metastatic disease.
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