Breast cancer relapse remains a common cause of morbidity and mortality in patients who undergo initial treatment with surgery and with or without concurrent chemotherapy or radiation. Relapse rates remain high within the first decade after initial treatment, after which the risk of relapse decreases. Here, we present two uncommon cases of delayed breast cancer relapses with pleural metastasis, which caused MPEs.
Lung metastasis is cancer that started in another part of the body and spread to the lungs. Lung metastasis is not the same as cancer that starts in the lung called primary lung cancer. Some kinds of cancer are more likely to spread to the lung than others.
Instead, a tumor might be first discovered on an imaging study done as part of treatment follow-up, such as a chest CT computed tomography scan. Many doctors recommend that any unusual symptoms persisting for more than a week or two should be checked out. If your doctor suspects lung metastasis, he or she is likely to order imaging tests such as a chest CT or a PET positron emission tomography scan.
Skip to Content. A pleural effusion is a buildup of extra fluid in the space between the lungs and the chest wall. This area is called the pleural space. About half of people with cancer develop a pleural effusion.
Advanced breast cancer means that a cancer that began in the breast has spread to another part of the body. Advanced cancer can also be called secondary cancer. The most common places for breast cancer to spread to are the lymph nodes, bone, liver, lungs and brain.
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If you're struggling to find what you need, call our Support line on 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. Sometimes, cancer cells spread from a cancer that started somewhere else in the body to the lungs. This is called secondary lung cancer.
Most women with stage IV breast cancer are treated with systemic therapy. This may include hormone therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or some combination of these. Local treatments such as surgery or radiation might also be used to help prevent or treat symptoms. Stage IV cancers have spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body.
Secondary lung cancer is when a cancer that started somewhere else in the body has spread to the lung. Where a cancer starts is called the primary cancer. If some cells break away from the primary cancer they can move through the bloodstream or lymph system to another part of the body, where they can form a new tumour.