Metastatic cancer to the lung is cancer that starts somewhere else in the body and spreads to the lungs.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Metastatic tumors in the lungs are cancers that developed at other places in the body (or other parts of the lungs) and spread through the bloodstream or lymphatic system to the lungs. Common tumors that spread to the lungs include:
Bladder cancer Breast cancer Colon cancer
- Kidney cancer
Neuroblastoma Prostate cancer
However, almost any cancer has the ability to spread to the lungs.
Review Date: 06/02/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.