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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


stage IV melanoma  listen  (... MEH-luh-NOH-muh)

  Cancer has spread to other places in the body, such as the lung, liver, brain, bone, soft tissue, gastrointestinal (GI) tract, or to places in the skin far away from where the cancer first started.

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Stage IV melanoma; drawing shows that the primary tumor has spread to other parts of the body, such as the brain, lung, liver, lymph nodes, small intestine, or bone. The pullout shows cancer in the lymph nodes, lymph vessels, and blood vessel.