Metastatic Colon Cancer
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Metastatic colon cancer occurs when colon cancer cells break away from a tumor and spread to other parts of your body through the blood or lymphatic system. When this happens, these cancer cells can settle in new areas and form new tumors.
When cancer metastasizes to other parts of the body, it is still named after the part of the body where it started. For example, if cancer starts in the colon and then spreads to the liver or lungs, it is referred to as metastatic colon cancer. When colon cancer comes back in a person who appeared to be free of the disease after treatment, it is called a colon cancer recurrence.
The conventional therapies used to treat metastatic colon cancer will vary, based on your individual situation. When a colon cancer metastasis is confined to a single organ, you may benefit from a local treatment targeting the site of metastasis. The liver is the most common site for colon cancer to metastasize. You may receive treatment that is similar to your primary cancer treatment, such as colon cancer chemotherapy and/or radiation. Your physicians may also offer treatments to relieve pain and other symptoms you may be experiencing as a result of metastatic colon cancer.