Stage Four cancers have spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes into other parts of the body. When breast cancer metastasizes, it most commonly goes into the bones, liver, and lungs but may also spread to the brain or other organs.
Systemic (drug) therapies are the primary treatments for Stage Four breast cancer. These may include one or more of the following:
- Hormone therapy
- Chemotherapy (chemo)
- Targeted drug therapy
- Surgery and/or radiation therapy
Breast Cancer Early Detection and Diagnosis
Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms.
This is why regular breast cancer screening is so important.