What is Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Metastatic breast cancer (also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer) is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body (most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain). Click here for more information about metastatic breast cancer.

In the U.S., it’s estimated that at least 154,000 people have metastatic breast cancer. However, it’s not common (about 6 percent) to have metastatic breast cancer when you are first diagnosed (called de novo metastatic breast cancer).

Most often, metastatic breast cancer develops when the cancer returns at some point after the initial breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Resources for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Support & Education Resources

Susan G. Komen
Information on research, treatment, and support resources for people living with metastatic breast cancer

Advanced Breast Cancer Community 
Financial and emotional support resources

Cancer Care Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
Connect with others, emotional and practical support, led by oncology social worker

Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance
Support services, clinical trails, and education

Peer to peer support group program

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network
information on advocacy, education, treatment, and coping with the disease

A foundation to improve the psychological condition of people living with metastatic cancers



Breast Friends Lyft Transportation Program
Financial assistance for individuals living with metastatic breast cancer in the Portland metro area

breastfriends.org or call 503.598.8048

End of Life Doula Services
Planning support early in the diagnosis, vigil support during the active dying phase, and follow-up support for loved ones



Local Events and Support Groups

Metastatic Breast Cancer Dinner Series
Held three times a year in Portland, this intimate event provides an opportunity for individuals living with metastatic breast cancer to discuss topics with local researchers and oncologists.

Making Today Count
Free support group for women only with metastatic, advanced, stage IV cancer.  Held Tuesdays from 11-12:30 in NE Portland.

Women’s Metastatic Cancer Support Group
Bringing women together in support of one another.  Held the first Wednesday of each month from 10:30 am – 12 pm in Hillsboro.


If you’d like to be added to our communications list for upcoming events for individuals living with metastatic breast cancer, please email Programs@KomenOregon.org or call 503.552.9160.