Metastatic cancer (also known as Stage IV cancer) is not a single type of cancer, but rather a term used to describe any cancer that has spread from the area it started to other areas of the body. Although cancer can spread to any part of the body, the most common sites of metastasis are the bones, liver and lungs.
- Metastasis causes more than 90% of cancer-related deaths, but receives less than 5% of the funding.
- Metastatic cancer can occur 5, 10, 15 or more years after a person’s original diagnosis and/or after successful treatment checkups and annual screenings.
- Although some types of metastatic cancer may be cured with treatment, most cannot right now.