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

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

The symptoms of metastasis depend on the site of spread. In metastasis to the brain and central nervous system, symptoms include the following:

  • blurred vision
  • headaches
  • poor balance
  • seizures
  • speech impairment
  • weakness
  • The following symptoms can be caused by tumors in the lungs:

  • chest pain
  • cough, which may produce blood
  • dizziness from lack of oxygen
  • low oxygen levels, called hypoxia
  • pneumonia
  • shortness of breath
  • Liver metastasis can cause an enlarged painful liver, loss of appetite, and jaundice, or yellowing of the skin.

    Other common problems are as follows:

  • ascites, or excess fluid in the abdomen
  • lymphedema, or swelling caused by blocked lymph vessels
  • masses in lymph nodes
  • skin tumors
  • If cancer cells metastasize to the bone marrow, they may interfere with production of blood cells. The individual may have the following problems:

  • anemia, or a low red blood cell count
  • low levels of white blood cells to fight infection
  • a shortage of platelets, or blood cells needed for normal clotting
  • Less commonly, a metastasis may cause the adrenal gland to fail. The kidney or gallbladder ducts may become blocked. Many other symptoms are possible. These symptoms are not necessarily linked to a certain kind of cancer.

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    Metastasis: Diagnosis & Tests

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

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