secondary cancer

Pronunciation: (SEH-kun-dayr-ee KAN-ser)

A term used to describe cancer that has spread (metastasized) from the place where it first started to another part of the body. Secondary cancers are the same type of cancer as the original (primary) cancer. For example, cancer cells may spread from the breast (primary cancer) to form new tumors in the lung (secondary cancer). The cancer cells in the lung are just like the ones in the breast. Also called secondary tumor.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2016-09-01second primary cancer