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Thaïs Diaz

Thaïs Diaz has a background in public health, nutrition and chronic disease prevention and works as a program coordinator for HealthyWomen. Her previous experience includes research and work at the University of Georgia focusing on the undergraduate population's food choices, nutrition, and overall health and well-being. During graduate school, she was a part of a research team that studied nutrition apps and how they're evolving in the public health sector. She also worked closely with a pediatrician on her upcoming book related to nutrition, sleep, exercise and family health. Thais focuses on health literacy and public health advice. She has volunteered with public health organizations that offer health education to Hispanic populations and translated for migrant farm workers as well as physicians.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in media and communication from Georgia Tech and a master of public health degree with a concentration in health promotion from the University of Georgia.

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Where Metastatic Breast Cancer Can Spread in the Body

The most common sites for metastatic breast cancer include the bones, lungs, liver, brain and spinal cord

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Metastatic breast cancer is a type of advanced breast cancer that has spread (metastasized) beyond the breasts. This is the most advanced stage of breast cancer. The symptoms and diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer depend on where the cancer has spread in the body. This will also influence the treatment options, which can be tailored to the person. Metastatic breast cancer can spread to any part of the body, but the following locations are the most common.


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  • When metastatic breast cancer has spread to the bones, symptoms include: Pain, bone fractures, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite or decreased alertness that is caused by high calcium levels
  • The most common sites are the ribs, spine, pelvis, and the long bones in the arms and legs


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  • When metastatic breast cancer has spread to the lungs, symptoms include: difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, fatigue, coughing up blood and mucus, pain or discomfort in the lungs


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  • When metastatic breast cancer has spread to the liver, symptoms include: Nausea, fatigue and weakness, weight loss or poor appetite, abdominal bloating, swelling of the legs, yellowing or itchy skin

Brain or spinal cord

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  • When metastatic breast cancer has spread to the brain or spinal cord, symptoms include: pain, confusion, memory loss, headache, blurred or double vision, difficulty with speech, difficulty with movement or seizures, mood or personality changes, and stroke
This resource was created with support from Sanofi.
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