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Metastasis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the disease?

Prevention of metastasis depends on early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Many people have tiny metastases that cannot be seen at the time of diagnosis. Treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy are used as treatment. The prevention and control of metastases is an active area of cancer research.

What are the long-term effects of the disease?

Some cancers with metastasis can be cured. These include tumors that are highly sensitive to radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Following are some examples:

  • certain forms of leukemia
  • certain forms of lymphoma, a blood cancer
  • certain types of thyroid cancer
  • some sarcomas
  • testicular and other germ-cell cancers
  • People can live with metastases for many years. These cancers may include:

  • breast cancer
  • low-grade lymphoma and leukemia
  • low-grade sarcomas
  • prostate cancer
  • Metastasis usually leads to death if it cannot be removed or treated.

    What are the risks to others?

    Metastases are not contagious. They pose no risk to others.

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    Metastasis: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Thomas Fisher, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 08/01/01

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