Sometimes, brain metastases are found when breast cancer is first diagnosed, but the majority of the time, brain metastases occur as a distant recurrence of an early-stage breast cancer that was treated in the past. What symptoms may occur, and what treatment options are available if your breast cancer spreads to your brain? Overall, brain metastases occur in 15 to 24 percent of women with metastatic breast cancer. As survival improves, however, this number is expected to increase. The brain is one of the more common sites to which breast cancer spreads , along with the bones , lungs, and liver. When breast cancer spreads to the brain it is considered stage 4 or metastatic breast cancer.
Management of Brain Metastases in Breast Cancer – Hematology & Oncology
Skip to Content. Use the menu to see other pages. This section explains the types of treatments that are the standard of care for metastatic breast cancer. When making treatment plan decisions, you are encouraged to consider clinical trials as an option.