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Published on: 6/11/2024

Where does lung cancer tend to metastasize?

Lung cancer often metastasizes to the brain, liver, bones, and adrenal glands.

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Explanation

Lung cancer tends to metastasize to the following organs:

  • Lymph nodes (especially lymph nodes right next to the lungs)
  • Lungs and pleura (membrane that covers the lungs)
  • Brain and meninges (membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord)
  • Bone
  • Liver
  • Adrenal glands

(References)

  • Riihimäki, Matias, et al. "Metastatic sites and survival in lung cancer." Lung cancer 86.1 (2014): 78-84.

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