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

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

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

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

Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference
Two day conference held in September in Seattle, covers a variety of sessions for health professionals and individuals living with metastatic breast cancer


If you’d like to be added to our communications list for upcoming events for individuals living with metastatic breast cancer, please email bjamieson@komenoregon.org or call 503.546.7445.