What Tests Are Done To See If Breast Cancer Has Spread?

How do doctors know if breast cancer has spread?

The main tests are: Blood tests to check for spread to the liver or bones.

Bone scans to check for spread to the bone.

X-rays and/or CT scans to check for spread to the chest, abdomen and liver..

Where is the first place breast cancer spreads?

The lymph nodes under your arm, inside your breast, and near your collarbone are among the first places breast cancer spreads. It’s “metastatic” if it spreads beyond these small glands to other parts of your body.

Can breast cancer be detected through blood test?

Tests and procedures used to stage breast cancer may include: Blood tests, such as a complete blood count. Mammogram of the other breast to look for signs of cancer.

Will a CT scan show if cancer has spread?

CT scan. A CT (computerised tomography) scan can show whether the cancer has spread outside the prostate, for example to the lymph nodes or nearby bones. Lymph nodes are part of your immune system and are found throughout your body.

What type of breast cancer is most likely to metastasize?

Any type of breast cancer can spread to the brain, but HER2-positive and triple-negative cancers are most likely to reach this organ.

What are symptoms of breast cancer spreading?

Symptoms of metastatic breast cancerIf the breast or chest wall is affected, symptoms may include pain, nipple discharge, or a lump or thickening in the breast or underarm.If the cancer has spread to bones, symptoms may include pain, fractures or decreased alertness due to high calcium levels.More items…•