Center for Thoracic Oncology
Diseases & Conditions
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What is Pulmonary Metastasis?
When a cancerous tumor that originates in a body part other than the lung spreads to the lung, it is called pulmonary metastasis. These metastases—also called secondary malignancies—are common, and occur frequently with cancers of the kidney, bone, skin, breast, and colon, among others. Because the lungs are central to many of the body's systems and blood and lymphatic fluid are pumped through the lungs, tumor fragments and particles can be transferred to the area. It is estimated that pulmonary metastases are present in up to half of advanced cancers. These tumors may occur as a single metastasis or many may be present.
What are the Symptoms of Pulmonary Metastasis?
- Cough, or coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the chest or rib cage
- Weight loss with unknown cause
- Weakness or fatigue