Recurrent and metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that returns after initial treatment.
Recurrent breast cancer happens because breast cancer cells that were missed or left in the body during the initial treatment multiply and possibly spread to other areas of the body.
The breast cancer that comes back can be either a local recurrence or distant recurrence. Local recurrence means that the breast cancer returns in the original location. Distant recurrence is when the breast cancer has spread to other areas of the body.
Symptoms of recurrent breast cancer are based on where the breast cancer returns.
Recurrent breast cancer can be diagnosed during a mammogram, MRI or ultrasound of the breast. Treatment for returning breast cancer is based on where the cancer returns.
The Breast Health Center at Christian Hospital provides the latest technology for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Our breast cancer physicians are experienced in all types of breast cancer.
For more information on breast cancer treatment, call Christian Hospital at 314.747.9355 or toll-free at 877.747.9355 or email us.