When tumors spread from an initial site in the body to a secondary site, the tumors in secondary sites are called metastases (or mets). This is one of the hallmarks of widespread cancer, which is distinguished from benign tumors. Paul’s cancer has metastases, as it has infiltrated multiple organ systems.
Metastases Term Timeline in When Breath Becomes Air
The timeline below shows where the term Metastases appears in When Breath Becomes Air. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: In Perfect Health I Begin
...brain cancer, describing its two varieties: primary cancers, which are born in the brain, and metastases, which come from another part of the body. Surgery usually prolongs life, but most people... (full context)