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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


metastatic  listen  (meh-tuh-STA-tik)

  Having to do with metastasis, which is the spread of cancer from the primary site (place where it started) to other places in the body.

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Metastasis; drawing shows primary cancer that has spread from the colon to other parts of the body (the lung and the brain). An inset shows cancer cells spreading from the primary cancer, through the blood and lymph system, to another part of the body where a metastatic tumor has formed.