see metastases. A cancer resulting from the spread of cancer from the original site to another part of the body.
Cancer spread. Cancer cells have broken away from the primary cancer (where the cancer began in the body) and have spread to another organ or part of the body, where they have begun to grow. Secondary cancer has to be treated according to the type of cells that it is made up of. For example, breast cancer cells that have spread to the lung will respond to breast cancer treatments and not lung cancer treatments because the cancer cells are breast cancer cells no matter where in the body they are growing.
Cancer that has spread away from the primary cancer to another organ or part of the body. Has to be treated according to the type of cells it is made up of. Also called metastasis.
A term that is used to describe either a new primary cancer or cancer that has spread from the place in which it started to other parts of the body.
Cancer that has spread from its original site to another part of the body. For example, if cancer has spread from the liver to the colon, the cancer in the colon is secondary cancer.