3 Ways Cancer Can Spread To Other Parts of The Body

3 Ways Cancer Can Spread To Other Parts of The Body

What is Metastasis? When The Primary Cancer Spreads From Where It Began to Surrounding Tissue and/or Body Organs

Contributing Writer:
Tony Subia October 2, 2020

A Metastatic Malignant Tumor is The Same Type of Cancer As The Original Primary Cancerous Tumor

For example. If the original cancer begins in the pancreas and spreads to the lungs, it is still “metastatic pancreatic cancer”, and not lung cancer. There are three ways cancer can spread to surrounding tissue or to distant organs.

1. Tissue. This is when the cancer grows into nearby or regional areas.

2. Lymph System. The cancer cells get into the lymph system spreading through lymph vessels to other parts of the body. to form a “metastatic tumor” within another body organ such as the lungs, liver, the brain and even the bones.

3. Blood System. Cancer cells break away from the location of the primary tumor and forms a tumor in other parts or organs of the body through blood vessels.

Simple conclusion. A Metastatic Tumor is the same type of tumor as the primary cancerous tumor. If pancreatic cancer metastasizes to the lungs, it still remains as pancreatic cancer and not lung cancer and is still generally treated as pancreatic cancer.

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