National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day


On October 13th, National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day focuses on the estimated 271,270 Americans diagnosed with this destructive cancer.

Each year, treatments for all kinds of breast cancer are improving. Metastatic cancer is a stage IV cancer invading all areas of the body. It affects the liver, lungs, brain, lymph nodes, and more. Both men and women are diagnosed each year. Additionally, there are different types of metastatic breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While the awareness campaign mainly focuses on preventative measures such as mammography, it is important to know research continues for a cure for metastatic breast cancer. Those with metastatic breast cancer require treatment options and an understanding support system.

Treatment options continually advance. Whether a patient chooses a trial or a more standard approach to treatment, a clinical team will provide options. Either way, a support system of family and friends helps to manage the stress and adjustments that come with the diagnosis.

The day also gives a voice to those who live with metastatic breast cancer. It encourages the world to learn more about the disease, how it progresses, affects the person and those around them. It raises awareness of the need for treatment options, research, and more.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MetastaticBreastCancerAwarenessDay

Learn more about metastatic breast cancer. Support friends or family members who may have received this diagnosis by offering assistance and listening to their needs. It’s a devastating diagnosis to receive. While many breast cancers can be cured, metastatic breast cancer cannot. Not yet. Donate to help fund research. Find out how you can help by visiting Share your story using #MetastaticBreastCancerAwarenessDay on social media.


Before 2009, the observance was promoted by several breast cancer awareness groups around the country. In 2008, for example, the mayor of Poughkeepsie, NY, proclaimed the day on October 13th. Then in 2009, through efforts of breast cancer patients across the country, Congress passed resolutions declaring October 13th National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Since then, cancer patients, their loved ones, and the medical community observe the day with support and continued hope for a cure.

Metastatic Cancer FAQ

Q. How is metastatic cancer treated?
A. Treatment depends on the type of cancer and where it has spread. Breast cancer starts in the breast, but metastatic breast cancer spreads to other areas of the body. Doctors commonly treat metastatic cancers with chemotherapy and radiation. Other therapies include immunotherapy and targeted cell therapies.

Q. How do cancer cells spread from primary cancer?
A. Cancer cells break away from the primary tumor (in the breast or colon for example) and travel through the bloodstream or lymph system. These cells form new tumors in other areas of the body including lymph nodes, liver, pancreas, bone, lungs, and brain.

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