Metastasis

Alternative Names

Metastatic cancer; Cancer metastases

Definition of Metastasis

Metastasis is the movement or spreading of cancer cells from one organ or tissue to another. Cancer cells usually spread through the bloodstream or the lymph system.

Review

David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 11/14/2010

Kidney metastases, CT scan
Liver metastases, CT scan
Lymph node metastases, CT scan
Spleen metastasis - CT scan

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