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
  • 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.