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Metastatic cancer is not the same as stage 4 cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Metastasis means that the cancer has spread from its original site to other sites, according to the American Cancer Society. What precisely the stage designation means depends on the type of cancer.


Metastatic cancer is a type of cancer that has spread from the original point of cancer to another place in the body, according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Metastasis occurs when cancer cells spread to other parts of the body and form cancerous tumors.


The stages of metastatic liver cancer involve stage IIIC and all stages of IV, according to the American Cancer Society. Metastasis means the cancer has spread from the liver to other parts of the body, notes the National Cancer Institute.


The prognosis for stage 4 metastatic cancer depends on a variety of factors, but some can be treated with chemotherapy, according to Oasis of Hope. One factor that greatly affects the prognosis of stage 4 metastatic cancer is how the cancer responds to chemotherapy. In some cases, the cancer will re


Colorectal cancer begins in the colon or the rectum. This type of cancer can be called either colon cancer or rectal cancer depending on where it starts, according to the American Cancer Society. These cancers both affect the digestive system.


Change in bowel habits, blood in stool and abdominal pain are all symptoms of colorectal cancer, reports the American Cancer Society. The patient may lose weight unintentionally and feel weak and tired.


The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is between 53 percent and 89 percent, depending on the exact stage and type, according to the American Cancer Society. Stage 3 colorectal cancer is divided into three subgroups, known as A, B and C. For example, stage 3B colon cancer has a five-year


As of 2015, chemotherapy and biological, hormonal, radiation and targeted therapies are used to treat metastatic cancer, says the American Cancer Society. Surgery is also a treatment option, and different combinations of these approaches are used. The number, size and location of tumors, the type of


As of 2015, the best way to prevent metastatic cancer is by finding tumors early, removing and destroying them, according to the American Cancer Society. Early detection tests for colon cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer make it more likely to find cancer before it spreads.


The treatment for metastatic liver cancer depends on the site of the original tumor, the number of tumors in the liver and whether the cancer has spread, according to MedlinePlus. Treatment options include surgery, systemic chemotherapy and various therapies that target the tumor cells directly. The