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[Metastasis to unusual sites].

Authors
  • Olivier, Timothée
  • Gastaud, Lauris
  • Maschi, Celia
  • Caujolle, Jean-Pierre
  • Cupissol, Didier
  • Thariat, Juliette
Type
Published Article
Journal
Bulletin du Cancer
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
February 2014
Volume
101
Issue
2
Pages
203–210
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1684/bdc.2014.1889
PMID: 24556000
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Metastases are responsible for the majority of deaths from solid cancers. Metastatic phenomenon, complex, is a multi-step process where interactions between cells and with the microenvironment are essential. The organ tropism, that is the propensity of a cancer to metastasize to specific organs, can be explained by several mechanisms that we have described. Apart from the usual metastases, unusual sites can appear with heterogeneous clinical presentations. We describe known to date mechanisms that can explain these unusual metastasis. A summary of these locations has been realized. A rare location should always be considered in front of any atypical symptom.

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