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mets are short for metastasis. It means the cancer has spread from the

primary tumor to another organ.

Basically a tumor can be primary or secondary.

The primary cancer is where the cancer started. The secondary is the tumor that has metastasized

For example a person may have lung cancer (primary) and a brain met(s) (secondary). The brain tumor is not brain cancer it is lung cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the brain.


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Thank you for your help.

Yesterday my mom went for the cat scan to check the rest of her body.

They called yesterday afternoon to tell her they have spotted a trauma to the brain and scheduled an MRI for tomorrow. Trauma? Does that mean that it may have spread? When I hear trauma I think someone has been hit in the head.


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They have to do a biopsy and the correct stainings or whatever tests they do (I don't know what they are). Adenocarcinoma can be a primary lung or a primary colon cancer.

CDX2 can be used to differentiate the two from what I have read.

Sometimes it is even less clear and people have "unknown primary"

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