Breast Cancer Recurrence
When and where do breast cancer recurrences occur?
Breast cancer can recur at any time, from months to years after initial treatment. Breast cancer can come back as a local recurrence (in the treated breast or near the mastectomy scar), regional recurrence (in the lymph nodes or collar bone area on the affected side) or as a distant recurrence somewhere else in the body. The most common sites of recurrence include the lymph nodes, the bones, liver, or lungs.