What Does Metastatic Mean?


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Metastatic is a term derived from the metastasis. It means relating to or affected by metastasis. Metastatic describes cancerous cells that have the ability to spread from the site of the initial tumour formation to other parts of the body. Cancerous lesions spread to other organs in the body due to this process or situation through the blood or lymph systems. Thus it is a reference to the process by which cancer cells spread to distant parts of the body. Such tumours are known as metastatic tumours.

It is a process by which malignant neoplasms shed individual cells, settle in some distant organ and tumours start growing there in their own right. Metastatic tumours are very common in the late stages of cancer. The adrenals, liver, brain and the bones are the places where metastases occurs the most. It is treated with the help of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy, hormone therapy, surgery, laser-immunotherapy or a combination of these methods.

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