What are the signs that breast cancer has spread?
- a cough that doesn’t go away.
- shortness of breath.
- ongoing chest infections.
- weight loss.
- chest pain.
- coughing up blood.
- a build up of fluid between the chest wall and the lung (a pleural effusion)
Where does breast cancer mostly spread to? Metastatic breast cancer may spread to any part of the body. It most often spreads to the bones, liver, lungs, and brain. Even after cancer spreads, it is still named for the area where it began.
Does breast cancer spread quickly? Studies show that even though breast cancer happens more often now than it did in the past, it doesn’t grow any faster than it did decades ago. On average, breast cancers double in size every 180 days, or about every 6 months. Still, the rate of growth for any specific cancer will depend on many factors.
Where does breast cancer spread to after lymph nodes? In theory, breast cancer can spread to any part of the body, but it most commonly spreads to the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, bones and sometimes the brain.