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How does metastatic cancer differ from bone cancer?

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When people have cancer in bones, often it is cancer that has spread there from elsewhere in the body. This is metastatic cancer. Even though it spreads to bone, it is not considered bone cancer because the tumor cells are from the primary cancer. For example, a person with lung cancer that has spread to the bone is considered to have lung cancer with metastasis to the bone -- not lung cancer and bone cancer.

From: Bone Tumors WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Bone Tumor."

National Cancer Institute: "Bone Cancer: Questions and Answers."

Bonetumor.org.

American Cancer Society: "What Is Bone Cancer?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Bone Tumor."

National Cancer Institute: "Bone Cancer: Questions and Answers."

Bonetumor.org.

American Cancer Society: "What Is Bone Cancer?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

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