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In honour of Ninon Bourque


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If you cannot find information about your cancer on this site, please go to the Canadian Cancer Society website.

Getting the Diagnosis

Telling Family and Friends

Cancer 101


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is staging?

A: Staging describes the severity of a person’s cancer based on the size and/or extent (reach) of the original (primary) tumour and whether or not cancer has spread in the body. Staging helps the healthcare team plan the appropriate treatment and is based on the knowledge of the way cancers progress.

Q: What is metastatic cancer?

A: Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from the place where it first started to another place in the body. Metastatic cancer has the same name and the same type of cancer cells as the original, or primary, cancer. For example, lung cancer that spreads to the liver and forms a metastatic tumour is metastatic lung cancer, not liver cancer.

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