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A 35-year-old member asked:

How does cancer spread?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
In many ways: Cancers can spread in many ways- it spreads to distant organs through the blood vessels or through lymph nodes or along nerves. It can also spread locally by directly growing into surrounding organs.
Dr. Morton Levitt
A Verified Doctoranswered
Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical 50 years experience
Cancer Spread: Cancer can spread directly by growing into adjacent tissues, or by penetrating blood and lymph vessels and traveling to regional lymph nodes and via the bloodstream to distant organs. Even if it does, in many cases, in addition to surgical treatment, there are chemo therapeutic, radiation, biological (immune) therapies, and targeted drug therapies available for many cancers.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
See below: Cancer can spread by invading nearby tissues, by invading lymphatics and thus gaining entry into blood and by invading veins and spreading through the blood stream. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/sites-types/metastatic.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of cancer and what causes it to spread?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Mutation: Cancer is an abnormal proliferation of cells. There are mutations in the dna that lead to the uncontrolled growth of the cells.There are certain environmental factors like tobacco smoke or radiation that are clear mutagens.The cells grow rapidly and lose their contact inhibition-thus their local spread and invasion. Cancers can also spread through the blood and set up at distant sites (metastases).
A 22-year-old female asked:

Can you feel cancer spread?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No: Unless the spread causes pain or is in a location that can be "felt" ie near the surface or deep but very large and therefore noted on exam.
Spring Valley, NY
A 19-year-old male asked:

How quick does cancer spread?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
IT DEPENDS: It depends on the type of cancer and and the part of body is effected by it some cancers spread very fast and others are slow in their spread to other organs and parts of your body so all cancers are not alike and so the sprerad is not the same for different cancers in different organ systems and parts of your body.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can you know if your cancer is spreading?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Work with oncologist: Cancer is such a diverse disease, that one would be best served by working with a specialist ( oncologist) who can follow you up on a regular schedule of visits, exams, tests, scans and focused questions to determine if a particular form of cancer is recurring or spreading. One can become paranoid about every symptom that occurs following a diagnosis of cancer. Talk to your oncologist!
Dr. Zoltan Erdos
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Great answer.
Nov 13, 2014
Mountain View, CA
A 34-year-old female asked:

What is cancer rate of spreading?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Very variable: Some cancers are so slow growing that a person is likely to die with the cancer than from it; some prostate cancers fall in that category. Others are fulminant and can kill between the diagnosis is made and treatment could be started, e.g., pro-myelocytic leukemia.

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