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QUESTION ABOUT METS


Bev'sSister

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From reading this board, I am just assuming that "mets" means "spread"..My sister's sclc spread to her thyroid. Is the severity of the cancer dependent on where the cancer spreads? For instance, Above the Lung or Below the Lung? I am not very good at putting into words what I am trying to say, at least not lately, but I just want to know does it matter where the cancer spreads or is it all bad no matter where it spreads.

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METS is short for metastasis. That is a medical term used to describe when cancer spreads outside of the primary location.

With SCLC, they don't catagorize the mets in terms of distance. If the sclc in within the lung it is considered limited stage, if it has spread anywhere else it is automatically considered extensive stage.

I know with some NSCLC the "stages" (I-IV and the sub catagories of each) are dependant on where the cancer has metastasized to, but that's not the case with small cell.

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