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    Does the bigger the size of the tumor mean the bigger the chance of metastasizing?

    Asked by WhatNextEmails on Friday, February 15, 2013

    Does the bigger the size of the tumor mean the bigger the chance of metastasizing?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It is one factor, but not the only one and not necessarily the most predominant one. Some large turmors aren't even malignant. In fact I had one removed just yesterday from my colon. My gastroentenologist removed about 90 percent of it and while the pathology report has not been completed yet, he thinks it is benign, and the tentative plan is for him to go back in about 6 months and remove the rest of it.

      over 7 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      The tumor in my abdomen was 10 cm. That's about the size of a softball. Although my cancer did spread into other lymph nodes, there was no organ involvement.

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      nope. I my original TNBC tumor was under 1 cm - but it metastasized. There are so may factors that its hard to tell which cancers will metastasize and how long it will take.

      over 7 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Typically yes, which is why the bigger the tumor the higher the staging (other things like nodal involvement change staging).

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      No size does not matter. What matters is the personality of the cancer and its mutations and characteristics. Thats why stage I will spread and stange III may not spread. Rember in big tumors there may be a great deal of dead cells in the tumor so its hard to know how much activity is going on. Thats why its difficult to determine if treatment is working just by shrinkage of the tumor..The dead cells may not shrink with chemo so the body has to break them down and that takes time. What matters is if the cancer is agressive or not.. Doe it have mutations that predispose to spread. Thats why some people with stage i really do need additional chemo or radiation after surgery and some do not.

      over 7 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Mine was 22 cm... and 39 pounds... mine had spread but was not invasive ... they carefully removed it from my urethea and intestines.... 7 cancer free years ago~!

      over 7 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      That is one of several factors. Others are the location and type of cancer. Mine was 8cm and was Stage 2 (spread only in the general area of my abdomen with no lymph node involvement).

      over 7 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      I have to agree with CAS1

      over 7 years ago

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