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by secondary breast cancer

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Signs and Symptoms



Signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer will vary in each patient. It is important that you consult a doctor or your local breast cancer clinic if you have any signs or symptoms that:

  • Are new or unusual for you
  • Do not go away
  • Do not have an obvious cause (eg a recent injury or illness)

Common signs and symptoms:

  • Pain in your bones that is not relieved by pain medication. Bone pain may worsen in the evening
  • Breathlessness and or a persistent dry cough
  • Nausea
  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Ongoing headaches that are not relieved by pain medication
  • Losing your appetite and/or losing weight
  • Depression
  • Swelling and an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach area
  • Blurred vision, loss of balance or any feeling of weakness and numbness in your arms and legs
  • The discovery of lumps or swollen areas under your arm, in your breast and/or your collarbone areas

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please ensure that you contact your doctor or local breast cancer unit to discuss further.

Owise make an app where you can track more than 30 side effects and symptoms. This will enable you to monitor any changes and share these with your care teams and loved ones. Better communication with your care team can ensure you receive the best care possible.