Hearing that your breast cancer has returned or spread to other parts of the body is devastating news. But do not give up hope. Treatment options are advancing all the time and you can still have many years of good quality life.
A great deal is written about metastatic and recurring breast cancer on other websites and we link you here to the following which we think are particularly helpful:
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation also has several pages on metastatic breast cancer, including details of possible signs that cancer has metastasised. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned you should tell your health care provider immediately because, as with breast cancer at an earlier stage, treatment is more successful if it is started early.
BREASTCANCER.ORG has advice on how to cope emotionally with a return or spread of your cancer, as well as information on treatments, and living with the cancer when it has reached this stage.
Willow also has advice and information about metastatic breast cancer.