The organ or structure in which a cancer arises is called the primary site. If cancer cells get into the bloodstream they can spread to other organs. This is called metastases or commonly stage IV disease. If the cancer has spread to multiple sites, the best treatment would generally be chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. For specific spread sites, particularly bone or brain metastases, radiation may be the optimal treatment.
- for a general discussion of metastatic cancer, incurable cancer, palliation and survival go here
- for the topic of metastatic cancer from an unknown or occult primary go here
for the most common types of metastases go here:
Contact the metastatic cancer experts at WellSpring if you have questions about cancer risk, cancer prevention or cancer screening.
Sometimes a few large doses of radiation provides useful palliation (go here).