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  • What is Metastasis?

    Metastasis is cancer that has spread from the part of the body where it started (the primary tumour) to other parts of the body. Cancer cells can break away from a tumour and travel to other areas of the body through the bloodstream or the Lymph System (immune system). The most common bone tumours are Bone Metastases, secondary to a primary cancer somewhere else in the body.

  • Some people with Metastatic Tumours do not have symptoms. When symptoms of Metastatic Cancer occur, the type and frequency of the symptoms will depend on the size and location of the metastasis. For example, cancer that spreads to the bone is likely to cause pain and can lead to bone fractures.

  • The treatment of Metastasis depends on several factors:

    • Size, location and number of Metastatic Tumours
    • Type of primary cancer
    • Types of treatment you have had in the past
    • Your age and general health

    Metastatic Cancer may be treated with:

    • Combination of systemic and local therapy
    • Local therapy — Surgery, radiation therapy
    • Systemic therapy — Chemotherapy, biological therapy, targeted therapy, hormonal therapy

    The goal of treatment of metastasis is to relieve the symptoms and to control the growth of the cancer. In some people, treatments for metastasis may help prolong life.

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