You may have signs (medical findings) or symptoms of a cancer spread that is causing or threatens to cause an immediate problem. Your doctor will consider using a local form of treatment to relieve the symptoms and to control the disease at that spot.
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Here are some of the most common "hot spots" of metastatic breast cancer that need immediate attention:
- Brain Metastases
- Bone Metastases
- Bleeding in the Skin, Breast, or Lung
- Fluid Around the Lung
- Liver Pain