Metastatic Breast Cancer

Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body (most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain). This section discusses metastatic breast cancer treatment and care. You can also find information on support for you and your family.

Signs and Symptoms of Metastasis

Metastasis is most often found when people report symptoms to their health care providers. Based on these symptoms, tests may be done to check if the breast cancer has returned and spread to other organs (metastasized). LEARN MORE

Newly Diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer

If you’re newly diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and just beginning your search for information, you’ve come to the right place. We have information that may help you process and make informed decisions about your care. LEARN MORE


Although metastatic breast cancer is not currently curable, it can be treated. Treatment focuses on length and quality of life. As treatment continues to improve, so does survival. Today, some people may live many years with metastatic breast cancer. LEARN MORE

Emerging Areas in Treatment

Many new drugs to treat metastatic breast cancer are under study. LEARN MORE

linical Trials

Clinical trials offer the chance to try new treatments and possibly benefit from them. People volunteer to take part in these research studies. After talking with your health care provider, we encourage you to consider joining a clinical trial. LEARN MORE

Managing Side Effects and Supportive Care

There are many ways to manage side effects caused by metastatic breast cancer treatment and the cancer itself. Tell your health care provider about any side effects you have. LEARN MORE

Managing Pain

Controlling pain is a standard part of treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Many methods of pain control are available. Tell your health care provider about any pain or discomfort you have. LEARN MORE

Quality of Life

Quality of life describes your overall well-being. Your emotional and physical health as well as concerns about financial issues can affect your quality of life. LEARN MORE


Counseling (either one-on-one or in a group setting) can help improve your mental well-being and quality of life. LEARN MORE

Support for Family and Loved Ones

Emotional support is important for those who love and care for someone with metastatic breast cancer. LEARN MORE

Survivor Stories

Breast cancer survivors share their inspirational stories with us. If you would like to share your story, please contact us at

Pam’s Story
Pam was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. Her mother was touched with the disease two times, and her paternal grandmother lost her courageous battle with breast cancer.

Pam decided to fight back by joining forces with the Susan G. Komen San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate. She did volunteer work, joined the Board of Directors, and served a term as Board President.  Pam created and captained one of the largest and top fundraising Race for the Cure teams, and is proud that her team was the #1 fundraising team for 7 straight years. She served as Co-Chair of the Survivor’s Event and Susan’s Garden with her friend and former SFBAA board member Carol Bickett.

Pam was diagnosed with stage 4 Metastatic breast cancer in 2012, and experienced a recurrence in 2015. She continues to be an active Komen volunteer and advocate, and her incredible service and dedication to our community continues to touch the lives of so many breast cancer survivors and families.

Pam’s personal experience with breast cancer is truly a story of how to turn diagnosis into a story of giving back supporting the mission of Susan G. Komen to end breast cancer forever.

Gigi’s Story | 24-year survivor
“Believe in your inner voice, it has your best interests at heart.” Gigi Kaufman shares her story of hope and strength. If you would like to contact Gigi, please click here.

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