Experiences with Cancer has spread/Metastasized

When a cancer patient finds out that their cancer has spread, their fight with cancer becomes much harder. Metastatic cancer is a cancer that has spread from the original or primary tumor to the bloodstream or lymph system. The spreading of cancer cells to different parts of the body is called metastasis. It is common for cancer cells to spread to lymph nodes in the underarm. It is also common for cancer to spread to the lungs. Metastatic cancer can not always be found early, but blood tests, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, PET scans, and bone scans may be done to detect metastatic cancer.

Metastatic cancer or cancer that has spread is often advanced cancer and cannot be cured. However, the cancer can be treated and the symptoms can always be managed. The most unnerving news is that there is little to be done about cancer that has metastasized. Patients wonder how they will process the news that their cancer is only treatable or how they will tell loved ones that their cancer has spread. WhatNexter’s agree that one of the most important thing is to maintain your support system and keep those you love around you. Share stories from your own journey of how you have coped with cancer; read other’s experiences, ask questions, and answer questions below.

  1. 3 days ago
    dymondbreeze's Avatar

    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Cancer spread to my hip. Had to have a rod and bolt placed in my hip because cancer ate away at the cartilage

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    • Ajhugh01
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    6 days ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Spread to abdominal cavity

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  2. 25 days ago
    shantibhandari's Avatar

    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Found out on Oct 24 after a colonscopy despite a negative CEA marker test !

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  3. 29 days ago
    icare4all's Avatar

    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    I want to know if I will live long, because the cancer is in my leg bone now! Please someone help! Doctor won't tell me anything, ti...

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    • Csel
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Cancer
    about 1 month ago
    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    4cm Rectal tumor metastasis to liver.lungs and lymph nodes. My liver is so covered surgery is out of the question. I had 25 treatmen...

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    • nishans
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarc...
    about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    Surgery didn't work as growth has spread to lymphnodes.

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  4. about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    I had metastatic lung nodules when I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. After healing from surgery, I had CT scans of the chest,...

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    • Mark64
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    Bone scan revealed cancer has spread to L1 spinal vertebral body.

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    • keci
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    found out it is small cell

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  5. about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Happened between May and August of 2016 while I was on Herceptin maintenance.

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    • abrub
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinoma ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Pathology from recent surgery was not clean. Random malignant cells were found in the tissue, not connected to the tumor. Next ste...

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