Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Connect

Metastatic Breast Cancer

What is Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Metastatic breast cancer, also known as mbc, stage IV or Advanced Breast Cancer, is cancer that has spread beyond the breast and lymph nodes under the arm. The most common sites of metastases are the bones, lungs, liver and brain.


A diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer can be frightening and overwhelming. It is understandable to experience a range of emotions when you are first diagnosed. Today, more and more women and men with metastatic breast cancer are living longer, meaningful and productive lives. Metastatic breast cancer can, at times, be effectively controlled for extended periods of time, with ongoing treatment.


Metastatic breast cancer is different from early stage breast cancer in that you will be actively dealing with breast cancer for the rest of your life. Treatment for metastatic breast cancer has two goals: to control the cancer and to allow you to maintain a good quality of life for as long possible. For some people certain treatments may work for long periods of time, or some may not work at all. When one treatment stops working, you and your health care team will look at other treatment options. There have been tremendous advances in developing effective therapies in recent years, and consequently, there are more options available than ever before. 

Treatments could involve a combination of any of the following:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Radiation
  • Surgery


For additional information, visit:

Sources for Information

  • Willow Metastatic

    Learning that breast cancer has spread to other parts of your body is devastating. The information in this section about metastatic breast cancer is intended to help you make treatment decisions and cope with your emotions. 


    CBCN metastatic

    The Metastatic Breast Cancer sub-site is designed to offer information to people who want to learn more about it as well as provide support to those living with metastatic breast cancer. 

  • Canadian Cancer Society

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.


    LBBC metastatic

    As a person living with stage IV, or metastatic, breast cancer, you may have unique concerns about planning for treatment, coping with your diagnosis and managing your finances. This section of LBBC.ORG is dedicated to addressing your needs. 

  • Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

    MBCN is a national, independent, nonprofit, patient advocacy group dedicated to the unique concerns of the women and men living with metastatic breast cancer.


    Advanced Breast Cancer Community

    Our mission is to recognize those living with advanced breast cancer, their caregivers, supporters, friends, and family members. This is a community that has different physical and emotional needs from those in earlier stages of breast cancer. 

  • End of Life Care Canada

    The Quality End-of-life Care Coalition of Canada is concerned about quality end-of-life care for all Canadians. We believe that all Canadians have the right to die with dignity, free of pain, and surrounded by their loved ones.


    Canadian Virtual Hospice

    The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators.

  • Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association

    The CHPCA is the national voice for Hospice Palliative Care in Canada. Advancing and advocating for quality end-of-life/hospice palliative care in Canada, its work includes public policy, public education and awareness. 


    Metastatic Breast Cancer Advocacy Canada

    Metastatic Breast Cancer Advocacy Canada joins voices to advocate for better research and medical resources, to coordinate with other Canadian breast cancer organizations and to connect with people with metastatic breast cancer.