What does it mean if my cancer has metastasized?

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CancerQuest (Organization (Verified) ) - 12 / 23 / 2012

Metastasis is the spread of cancer from its original location to other areas in the body. Cancer cells frequently travel to other areas by getting into the blood circulatory system or the lymphatic system. These 'highways' can carry the cells all around the body. Also, cancer cells can spread to nearby organs when/where the organs contact each other. The process of spreading is called metastasis and the tumors that grow at the new location are called metastases (often abbreviated as 'mets'). Cancer that has spread is more difficult to treat because it can no longer all be removed by surgery. Also, not all parts of the body are easily reached by the drugs used to treat cancer. As an example, many drugs have a hard time getting into the brain. About 9 out of 10 cancer deaths are caused by cancer that has metastasized.http://www.cancerquest.org/how-cancer-spreads-introduction.html
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