What is the difference between breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer? Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer. Breast cancer develops when abnormal cells in the breast start to divide uncontrollably. A tumor is a mass or collection of these abnormal cells. Metastasis refers to cancer cells that have spread to a new area of the body.
What are the first signs of metastatic breast cancer?
- Bone pain.
- Changes in brain function.
- Trouble breathing.
- Belly swelling.
- Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
- Double vision.
How long do you live with metastatic breast cancer? While treatable, metastatic breast cancer (MBC) cannot be cured. The five-year survival rate for stage 4 breast cancer is 22 percent; median survival is three years. Annually, the disease takes 40,000 lives.
What is the survival rate of metastatic breast cancer? Metastatic breast cancer causes the vast majority of deaths from the disease. The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for women with metastatic breast cancer is 29%.