Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day: When Breast Cancer Spreads to the Lungs

In 2009, the House and Senate voted to designate October 13 as National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, a national observance aimed at raising awareness for this advanced form of breast cancer that will affect an estimated 232,670 women in 2014 alone.

Rush Radiosurgery urges women to take early detection seriously, as many may be unaware that breast cancer can spread, or metastasize, to other areas of the body.

In some cases women discover their breast cancer after it starts causing symptoms, meaning there’s a possibility the cancer may have advanced and spread to other vital organs in the body. One of the most common sites of breast cancer metastasis is to the lungs.

There are a variety of treatment options for metastatic breast cancer in the lungs. Some small lung lesions can be removed with surgery, but patients may suffer from other medical problems or may be opposed to an invasive procedure. In these cases, important treatment options like stereotactic body radiation therapy treatment with TrueBeamâ„¢ STx offer a nonsurgical alternative.

TrueBeam STx offers nonsurgical treatment of lung tumors, while carrying a low risk of side effects. Learn more about treatment here. For more information about metastatic breast cancer or how to get involved in the fight against the disease, visit the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.