October 2020
M T W T F S S
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Metastasis means that cancer spreads to a different body part from where it started. When this happens, doctors say cancer has metastasized.

How metastases develop

Metastases most commonly develop when cancer cells break away from the main tumor and enter the bloodstream and/or lymphatic system.

These systems carry fluids around the body. This means that the cancer cells can travel from the original tumor and form new tumors when they settle and grow in a different part of the body.

Any type of cancer can spread. Whether this happens depends on several factors, including:

• The type of cancer. Some cancers are more likely to spread than others.
• How fast the cancer is growing
• Other factors about the behavior of cancer that your doctor may find

Where in the body cancer can spread?

Cancer can spread to almost every part of the body. Some types of cancer tend to spread to certain parts of the body.

For example:

Less frequently, cancer can spread to the skin, muscle, or other organs in the body.

Cancer cells can also spread to the lining around the lungs called the pleural cavity.

It can also spread to the space around the belly called the peritoneal cavity.

When these cancer cells cause fluid to build up in these areas, it is called malignant pleural effusion and malignant ascites.

Is a metastasis the same type of cancer as before?

Yes, cancer that has spread to another area is given the same name as original cancer.

For example, breast cancer that spreads to the liver is called metastatic breast cancer, not liver cancer. This is because cancer started in the breast and the treatment used is for breast cancer.

Main Sites of Cancer Metastasis

Breast Cancer usually spreads to the Lungs, liver, bones

Colon Cancer usually spreads to the Liver, peritoneum, lungs

Kidney Cancer usually spreads to the Lungs, Liver, bones

Lung Cancer usually spreads to the Adrenal glands, liver, another lung

Melanoma Cancer usually spreads to the Lungs, skin/muscle, liver

Ovarian Cancer usually spreads to the Peritoneum, liver, lungs

Pancreatic Cancer usually spreads to the Liver, lungs peritoneum

Prostate Cancer usually spreads to the Bones, lungs liver

Rectal Cancer usually spreads to the Liver, lungs, adrenal glands

Stomach Cancer usually spreads to the Liver, peritoneum, lungs

Thyroid Cancer usually spreads to the Lungs, liver, bones

Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer usually spreads to the Liver, lungs, peritoneum



Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Special Procedures

Click on Any Topic

Bone Marrow Transplants

Organ Transplants

Stem Cells

——————————————–

Euthanasia

Physician Assisted Suicide

Medical Topics
Content Protected Using Blog Protector By: PcDrome.