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Metastatic is used to describe a cancer that has metastasized, e.g. "metastatic breast cancer". Metastases refers to two or more metastatic tumors.
Do not confuse this term with metathesis which is complete unrelated.
Some cancers metastasize easily and others do not. Factors that affect the likelihood of metastasis include the location, type, stage, and size of the original tumor.
Some metastatic cancers can be successfully treated whereas others, such as most pancreatic and lung cancers, are generally fatal.
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