What Are Symptoms of Metastatic Adenocarcinoma?

The symptoms of metastatic adenocarcinoma depend on where the cancer is located. If it is intracranial, or in the brain, then vomiting, nausea, headaches and tiredness may be caused as a result of increased pressure, notes Health Central. The cancer manifests itself similarly to primary brain tumors. Symptoms of adenocarcinoma of the lung are also similar to those of most lung cancers and may include a persistent cough, shortness of breath, weakness and voice changes.

An adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer formed in mucus-secreting glands. While it can be present throughout the body, there are several cancer types in which it is most prevalent. These include colorectal, prostate, lung and esophageal cancers, among others, notes Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

When an adenocarcinoma is metastatic it has spread to another area of the body, says HealthTap. When metastatic adenocarcinoma has spread to other organs, the disease is considered to be at Stage IV. If it has only spread to the lymph nodes, it is at Stage III.

It is possible for metastatic adenocarcinoma to present with no symptoms. This occurred in the case of a man with a history of lung adenocarcinoma, discusses ConsultantLive. Upon examination, the tissue from the asymptomatic lesion on his head revealed metastatic adenocarcinoma.