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how does cancer spread?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 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.
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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 49 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 22-year-old female asked:

Can you feel cancer spread?

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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.
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A 19-year-old male asked:

How quick does cancer spread?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 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.
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How quickly can lympnode cancer spread?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Varies a lot: If you mean cancer that starts in the nodes (lymphoma), you need to know that there are many kinds with different behaviors. Some stay stable for years or sometimes decades whereas others may double in size within a couple of days.
Mountain View, CA
A 34-year-old female asked:

What is cancer rate of spreading?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 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.
Magnolia, NC
A 37-year-old female asked:

What cancers spread to lymph nodes?

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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Nearly all cancers: can spread to lymph nodes.

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