What is Metastatic Cancer?

Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from one site in the body to another. The type of cancer is determined by the original location; the metastasis is the secondary location to which it spreads. For example, someone with cancer that metastasized from stomach to liver doesn’t have “liver cancer;” they have “stomach cancer that spread to the liver.”

The most common metastatic cancers are solid tumors and include:


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