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Endocrine Surgery Encyclopedia
Metastasis is the movement or spreading of cancer cells from one organ or tissue
to another. Cancer cells usually spread via the bloodstream or the lymph system.
Alternative Names: Metastatic cancer; Cancer metastases
Whether or not cancer cells metastasize to other parts of the body depends on
many factors, including:
- The type of cancer
- The stage of the cancer
- Original location of the cancer
- Treatment depends on the type of cancer and where it has metastasized.
Review Date: 11/9/2004
Reviewed By: Marcia S. Brose, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology,
The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by
VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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