What are metastases?

Metastatic disease occurs when cancer spreads from its primary location to another part of the body. Tumor cells break off the tumor and grow into the nearby tissue. Cancer cells can also detach from the tumor and can travel with the body's main bloodstream or via the lymphatic system to distant tissue or organs.

Any cancer can spread in any part of the body, frequently in the liver, the lungs, bones, the brain and lymph nodes. Metastasis can already be present when cancer disease is diagnosed for the first time, while sometimes metastatic disease is occurring after the initial treatment of the primary tumor. The knowledge of present metastatic disease has substantial implications for the treatment of patients since the treatment is based on the type of primary cancer.

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Treatment of metastases

The Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCCC) integrates patient management and research. Each patient is evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. Using this approach, surgeons, oncologists, radiotherapists, radiologists and health care specialists are working closely together to assess and treat patients with metastatic disease.

Staff at the CCCC will help to coordinate the care for each patient individually. Moreover, we will arrange a medical record review by the specialist of your primary disease in order to find the ideal therapy.