What Does Metastatic Disease Mean?
When a metastatic tumor spreads to a new location, it is still considered the same type of cancer as the primary tumor. For example, if breast cancer cells metastasize to the lung, the cancer cells in the lung are breast cancer cells, not lung cancer cells.
How is Metastatic Disease Treated?
While treatment for metastatic cancer often cannot cure the disease, the goal is usually to slow the growth or spread of the cancer.
Treatment for metastatic cancer depends on the type of cancer, where it originated, the size and location of the tumor and metastasis, and the overall health of the patient, along with other considerations.
Treatment for metastatic disease may include one or more of the following:
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