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What is metastatic rectal cancer?

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Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology
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In brief: Tumor has spread

'Metastatic' refers to a cancer that has spread to another site away from where it started.
This happens when cancer invades blood vessels and lymphatics, allowing the cancer cells to spread and deposit in other organs. So ' metastatic rectal cancer ' means a tumor that started in the rectum is now outside the rectum, in other organs (liver is most common).

In brief: Tumor has spread

'Metastatic' refers to a cancer that has spread to another site away from where it started.
This happens when cancer invades blood vessels and lymphatics, allowing the cancer cells to spread and deposit in other organs. So ' metastatic rectal cancer ' means a tumor that started in the rectum is now outside the rectum, in other organs (liver is most common).
Dr. Marilda Chung
Dr. Marilda Chung
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