Metastatic Breast Cancer

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Title: Metastatic Breast Cancer
Description: Metastatic breast cancer; drawing shows other parts of the body where primary breast cancer may spread, including the brain, lung, liver, and bone. An inset shows cancer cells spreading from the breast, through the blood and lymph system, to another part of the body where a metastatic tumor has formed.

In metastatic breast cancer, cancer cells break away from where they first formed in the breast (primary breast cancer), travel through the blood and lymph system, and form a new tumor (metastatic tumor) in another part of the body, such as brain, lung, liver, and bone. The cancer cells in the new, metastatic tumor are the same type of cells as those found in the primary breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is also called stage IV (or stage 4) breast cancer.
Topics/Categories: Anatomy -- Breast
Cancer Types -- Breast Cancer
Cells or Tissue -- Abnormal Cells or Tissue
Type: Color, Medical Illustration (JPEG format)
Source: National Cancer Institute
Creator: Terese Winslow (Illustrator)
AV Number: CDR815227
Date Created: April 1, 2024
Date Added: June 11, 2024
Reuse Restrictions: Yes - This image is copyright protected. Any use of this image is subject to prevailing copyright laws. U.S. Government has reuse rights. Please contact the rights holder of this image for permission requests.

Rights holder: Terese Winslow