A recent research suggests how cancer cells may predict metastatic potential.


About ‘Metastasis’

  • It is the spread of cancer cells from the place where they first formed to another part of the body.
  • In metastasis, cancer cells break away from the original (primary) tumour, travel through the blood or lymph system, and form a new tumour in other organs or tissues of the body.
  • When cancer becomes metastatic, doctors often use the verb “metastasized.” In general, metastatic cancer is considered an advanced form of cancer.
  • The new, metastatic tumour is the same type of cancer as the primary tumour. For example, if breast cancer spreads to the lung, the cancer cells in the lung are breast cancer cells, not lung cancer cells.
  • Metastases is the plural form of metastasis. Metastases can also develop when cancer cells from the main tumour break off and grow in nearby areas, such as in the liver, lungs, or bones.
  • The most common sites for cancers to metastasise include the lungs, liver, bones and brain.