Where does cancer recur?

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Question from Katrina208: I had no lymph node involvement. When you say the risk of recurrence is higher in the first five years after diagnosis, where does the cancer typically recur?
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. The most common sites of recurrence of breast cancer are the bones, the lungs, and liver. That's true regardless of whether the cancer involves the lymph nodes or not, although the risk of recurrence is higher in patients with lymph node involvement.
Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. The breast is the other common site for recurrence.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Hormone-Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer featured Kathy D. Miller, M.D., Marisa Weiss, M.D., and moderator Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. answering your questions about a wide range of issues related to hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in November 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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