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Might it be possible that a local tumor in the lung spread to develop bone metases without affecting the rest of the lungs?

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Ben Ferguson
Surgery
15 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Some types of lung cancer, especially small cell lung cancer, can spread early and rapidly without growing a large initial mass in the lung.
Spread to bone, the breasts, and the brain is most common. The method of spread is by cancer cells breaking away from the tumor and entering the bloodstream or lymphatic circulation; it does not grow into the bone by direct extension.

In brief: Yes.

Some types of lung cancer, especially small cell lung cancer, can spread early and rapidly without growing a large initial mass in the lung.
Spread to bone, the breasts, and the brain is most common. The method of spread is by cancer cells breaking away from the tumor and entering the bloodstream or lymphatic circulation; it does not grow into the bone by direct extension.
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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Very possible.

In brief: Yes

Very possible.
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