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If stomach cancer spreads

Cancer cells can spread from the stomach to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.

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

  • pancreas
  • spleen
  • colon
  • small intestine
  • liver
  • mesentery (folds of tissue that hold the abdominal organs in place)
  • omentumomentumA fold in the peritoneum (the membrane that lines the walls of the abdomen and pelvis) that covers and supports organs and blood vessels in the abdomen.
  • diaphragm
  • abdominal wall
  • esophagus
  • adrenal glands
  • lymph nodes in and around the abdomen or above the left collarbone (Virchow node)
  • liver
  • lung
  • bone
  • skin
  • ovaries (Krukenberg tumour)
  • area around the belly button (Sister Mary Joseph node)
  • uterus
  • pelvic area around the rectum (Blumer shelf)
  • brain


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