NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
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- secondary cancer
- listen (SEH-kun-dayr-ee KAN-ser)
A term used to
describe cancer that has spread (metastasized) from the
place where it first started to another part of the body.
Secondary cancers are the same type of
cancer as the original (primary) cancer. For example,
cancer cells may spread from the breast (primary cancer) to
form new tumors in the lung (secondary cancer). The cancer cells in the lung are just
like the ones in the breast. Also called secondary tumor.