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.

    • Shirleyg
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    7 days ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    Cancer has spread to brain

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    • gaylecb
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung C...
    18 days ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    lung cancer mets to adrenal gland

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    • JRN
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
    28 days ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Stage 0 and 1 initially, to Stage 3 after surgery

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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    The cancer has gotten worse and spread.

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  2. about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Had a seizure. Turns out I had two melanoma brain tumors. The large one was the size of a golf ball.

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    • Skyemberr
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    2 months ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    Because of the 3 new nodes in the right lung i am no longer a candidate for a surgery, and the oncologist has admitted for the first...

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    • inaJAR
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    2 months ago
    • MoveIt2012
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    3 months ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    It's official. Bone mets confirmed. So far 9th rib, sacrum and 3 vertebrae.

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    • Skyemberr
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    3 months ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    Biopsy shows I have rectal cancer in my lung. I consider this my official step to stage IV, though I suspected I was really stage I...

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    • Cocomoco
    • Experience with High-Grade, Osteosarcoma
    3 months ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    2 months after thoracotomy the mets are back. Another 6 so far.

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    • Cocomoco
    • Experience with High-Grade, Osteosarcoma
    3 months ago
    • Teelee3
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    3 months ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    Two years after my diagnosis of stage 2a rectal cancer, the disease spread to my liver. The tumor was 4 cm and operable, although 5 ...

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