First site for metastasis?

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Question from Pam: Is there a 'usual' first site for metastatic disease to show up?
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. Breast cancer can show up in a number of different places. The most common place for breast cancer to spread to is the bone, but it's by no means the only place. Of all of the places that breast cancer spreads to, the one place that is very uncommon as a first site is the brain. When a woman's had breast cancer—because breast cancer can potentially spread to a number of different places—if she has a new or unexplained symptom and it persists for a few weeks or longer, that's something to talk to her doctor about.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Metastatic Breast Cancer featured Musa Mayer, Eric P. Winer, M.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about treatment and quality of life issues related to advanced (metastatic) breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2003.

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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