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If pancreatic cancer spreads

Cancer cells can spread from the pancreas to other parts of the body and develop into a new tumour. The new tumour is called a metastasis, or secondary tumour. If more than one tumour develops in another part of the body, they are called metastases.

Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. If pancreatic cancer spreads, it can spread to the following:

  • regional lymph nodes
  • bile duct
  • spleen
  • peritoneum (the lining of the abdomen)
  • liver
  • lung
  • bone


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