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what are some metastatic cancer symptoms?

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Dr. Muaiad Kittaneh
Addiction Medicine 20 years experience
It depends: The symptoms depend on the location of metastasis and the organ involved. General symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss. Often times metastasis can be silent (asymptomatic).

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there symptoms of metastatic cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Yes: In patients with a history of treated cancer, certain symptoms are suggestive of metastatic cancer. Typically these may include: unexplained weight loss, persistent high fevers, drenching night sweats, severe fatigue, severe pain, new seizures, mental changes among others.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the life expectancy of someone with metastatic cancer?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
No: It varies widely depending on the type of cancer. This is something to ask your oncologist, and ask him or her to be very honest with you. Although we never know exact time frames, we can usually give you some idea (weeks vs a few months vs six months vs a year or more.).
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Why is metastatic cancer difficult to treat?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Bad biology: Some metastatic cancer does respond well (eg, testicular cancer), but in general when a cancer has spread beyond the confines of its organ (eg, breast, liver) of origin it is demonstrating bad biologic behavior. That is, it appears to be able to spread distantly and "live" away from it's local primary/original tumor environment.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Do you have any uplifting stories about metastatic cancer being somehow cured?

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Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Cancer is beatable: I am not aware of any cancer that is 100% fatal. We have made great strides in curing this disease. At recent as 20-30 years ago childhood leukemia carried high mortality rates, and now we're approaching 90% cure rates. Surround yourself with people who love and support you, and those who are going through something similar, support groups. Laugh. Always think positive and never give up.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is stage IV metastatic cancer treatable, and is it ever survivable?

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Dr. Sunil Mehra
Pulmonology 44 years experience
Treatable noy surviv: Treatment can be given in stage IV in most cancers it might prolong lifespan by a few weeks, but not significant.

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