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.

    • Gina7
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    about 11 hours ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    Lung cancer has spread to sternum and 3 other local bone areas.

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  1. 14 days ago
    semperfi524's Avatar

    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Melanoma detected in several places by latest PET Scan, but no brain mets detected.

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    • Lundmusik
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    15 days ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Found out that cancer had spread to 5 out of 8 lymph nodes examined. Meeting with the oncologist on Thursday — looks like a 3D stagi...

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  2. 16 days ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    in 2011 told I had 6 months to live

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  3. 25 days ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Had Stage 3C invasive Ductal Breast cancer 2012, went thru mastectomy, Chemo, Herceptin, Radiation and oral Tamoxifen then Letrazole...

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  4. 28 days ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    In December 2017 I was becoming short of breath and using my inhaler more often than usual. The Pulmonalogist sent me for a lung can...

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    • Callejal
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    I get a skin check on a regular basis and nothing was found. Now I find out I have Melanoma, and it's spread to my lungs. The Dr ...

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    • wendyp1000
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    I knew the surgeon hadn't gotten all of the cervical cancer because of my weight. But I didn't expect a mass to grow back so quickly...

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    • attypatty
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    A large tumor found in my spine at the T-6 vertebrae. My breast cancer has metastasized and I am now Stage IV. My onc says we are no...

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    • JAMoreno
    • Experience with Uterine Leiomyosarcoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    Chemo stopped working and tumors have grown 2/21/18

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    • Nono2812
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    2 months ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Large mass on my right ovary & several lesions on my liver.

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  5. 2 months ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    On my 4 year anniversary of my mastectomy I was diagnosed with bone metastasis.

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