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Can a malignant tumor spread to bones via local metastasis?

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Terminology: A tumor can spread to bone locally, but that is not called metastasis. Metastasis means spread to a distant organ either through lymphatics or blood. Tumors can and do metastasize to bones.

Answered 11/9/2012

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Dr. Devon Webster answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

Yes: A malignant tumor can spread to other places, including bones. This can happen directly; that is, if a tumor is near a bone, it can grow directly into the bone. It can also happen from a distance, if tumor cells get into the blood stream and travel to the bone. The picture shows the different places cancer goes in the body. I hope that answers your question!

Answered 3/22/2019

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