Fast Five Quiz: Metastatic Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Elwyn C. Cabebe, MD


March 18, 2019

Primary breast cancer cells metastasize through the blood vessels to distant organs. Patients frequently develop metastases at multiple sites. The most common sites for metastatic spread of breast cancer are bone, lung, and liver. In a study of autopsies, the following sites were noted, in decreasing order of frequency:

  • Lung

  • Bone

  • Liver

  • Pleura

  • Adrenal glands

  • Gastrointestinal

  • Peritoneum

  • Pericardium

  • Brain

  • Skin

  • Ovary

  • Kidney

  • Thyroid

  • Pancreas

  • Spleen

  • Heart

  • Uterus

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