What symptoms should I watch for?

Anything unusual that lasts more than two weeks or is severe should be checked out. Keep in mind that cancer patients still get arthritis and the flu, so don't panic. Most women whose breast cancer has metastasized do not show symptoms until the disease is extensive. Symptoms of metastatic breast cancer may include:

  • Bone pain
  • A persistent dry cough that continues for an extended period
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Neurological pain or weakness, headaches

While these symptoms may be possible signs of metastasis to the bone, lung, liver or other parts of the body, this does not mean that every woman who experiences them has metastatic breast cancer. There can be a variety of other reasons why you might experience the above symptoms, and they may have nothing to do with cancer of any kind. The important thing is that you listen and pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you and that you seek medical help to determine what may be causing your particular symptom or condition.

Metastatic Disease