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Metastatic cancers do not become new form of cancer. For example, lung cancer that spreads to the liver is called metastatic Lung Cancer rather than liver Cancer. This type of metastatic cancer is common in advanced stages of Lung Cancer. It can be challenging to treat and often has poor prognosis. In this article, we look at how Lung Cancer spreads to different organs, its effects on the body, and how doctors treat it. How quickly cancers spread depends on a multitude of factors such as individual health status, type of Lung Cancer, and response to treatment. For example, type called large cell carcinoma, which accounts for about 10 - 15% of lung cancers, tends to grow and spread quickly, which makes it harder to treat. Comparing the likelihood of Lung Cancer spreading quicker than other cancers requires more specialized studies. Christina Chun, MPH Answers represents the opinions of our Medical experts. All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice.

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Metastatic lung cancer treatment options

Different treatment options are available based on underlying tumor pathology, immunohistopathology. No prospective comparative trials yet exist that might provide evidence for prolongation of survival by surgery or chemotherapy or radiation. There are no randomized, controlled trials yielding evidence that would assist in the decision whether to treat pulmonary metastases with surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is usually not curative for pulmonary metastases, except for a few tumors. Eg, first - line cisplatin - base therapy for germ cell testicular tumors produces a high long - term cure rate. It plays a significant role in the treatment of osteogenic sarcomas. Neoadjuvant administration of chemotherapeutic agents can reduce tumor burden and help to control systemic metastases. Neoadjuvant agents, eg, methotrexate, cisplatin, doxorubicin, and ifosfamide, decrease preoperative tumor burden. About one - third of all lung nodules disappear after preoperative chemotherapy. Patients also receive treatment with postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy. 2 - year disease - free survival after chemotherapy and surgery was 56%. Similar results occur in patients treated with chemo and surgery in osteosarcoma with pulmonary metastasis, as compared to chemotherapy alone. In another study, patients received treatment with neoadjuvant ifosfamide, surgical resection. After surgery, postoperative adjuvant was with high - dose methotrexate, ifosfamide, doxorubicin, and cisplatin. Patients with fewer than eight Metastatic deposits confined to lungs had a 5 - year disease - free Survival rate of 66. 7%. Cure rates of non - Metastatic high - grade osteosarcomas have increased to 60 to 70% by addition of adjuvant and neoadjuvant multiagent chemotherapy. In treatment of Metastatic osteosarcoma patients, surgical removal of all metastatic foci is essential. In re - recurrences, repeat thoracotomies and metastasectomies for resectable lesions are necessary. Some studies find positive survival effects of second - line chemotherapy. Radiotherapy may be consideration in patients without second complete remission. Chemotherapy failure is usually due to drug resistance and toxicity. However, by isolated lung perfusion, one can deliver high - dose chemotherapy to lung metastasis only thereby avoiding systemic toxicity. Studies in rodent models find that high - dose melphalan delivered via isolated lung perfusion eradicates Metastatic pulmonary sarcoma with acceptable toxicity. Tumors such as malignant cutaneous melanoma and renal cell carcinoma are highly immunogenic and are known to respond to immunotherapy. A multivalent vaccine against melanoma is now available. Research has demonstrated that surgical resection and postoperative vaccine immunotherapy used for melanoma had significantly better survival than do patients treated non - surgically. Vaccine therapy offers advantages of long - term efficacy and low toxicity when compared with traditional cytotoxic chemotherapy. Underway is a phase III multicenter trial of vaccine as adjuvant therapy following Surgical resection of Metastatic melanoma. Naturally occurring cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor - alpha, interferon -, and interleukin - 2 can produce excellent response rates to a variety of solid organ tumors but have high systemic toxicity that requires reducing dose or stopping treatment. The National Cancer Institute performed a feasibility study of cytokine therapy delivered by isolated lung perfusion with moderate hyperthermia. Fifteen patients with nonresectable pulmonary metastases from a variety of malignancies had treatment with single - Lung isolation perfusion of TNF - alpha and IFN - gamma, synergistic combination. Only 20% of patients had a temporary decrease in perfused nodules.


Treating stage 0 NSCLC

People who have stage II NSCLC and are healthy enough for surgery usually have cancer removed by lobectomy or sleeve resection. Sometimes removing whole lung is needed. Any lymph nodes likely to have cancer in them are also remove. The extent of lymph node involvement and whether or not cancer cells are found at edges of removed tissues are important factors when planning the next step of treatment. After surgery, removed tissue is checked to see if there are cancer cells on the edges of the surgery specimen. This might mean that some cancer has been left behind, so second surgery might be done to try to remove any remaining cancer. This may be followed by chemotherapy. Another option is to treat with radiation, sometimes with chemo. Even if positive margins are not find, chemo is usually recommended after surgery to try to destroy any cancer cells that might have been left behind. As with stage I cancers, newer lab tests now being studied may help doctors find out which patients need this adjuvant treatment and which are less likely to benefit from it. If you have serious medical problems that would keep you from having surgery, you may only get radiation therapy as your main treatment.

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Metastatic vs. second primary cancer

Secondary Lung tumors are neoplasms that spread from primary lesion. Primary tumors can arise within the lung or outside the lung, with metastases traveling through the bloodstream or lymphatic system or by direct extension to reach their destination. Secondary tumors most typically appear as well - circumscribed, noncalcified nodules. These secondary cancers are identified by their site of origin. Thus, Colon Cancer that metastasizes to lung is still known as Colon Cancer. In children, most lung cancers are second Metastatic malignant neoplasms are the most common form of secondary lung tumors. Lung metastases are identified in 30 - 55% of all cancer patients, though prevalence varies according to type of primary cancer. Benign neoplasms are an uncommon exception. In this article, approach to secondary lung tumors is discuss, with emphasis on clinical decision - making to determine whether tissue diagnosis would alter clinical management. Also discussed is multidisciplinary approach to determine when continued systemic chemotherapy for metastatic disease should be accompanied by radiation, surgery, or both. Almost any cancer has the ability to spread to the lungs, but tumors that most commonly do so include bladder cancer, Colon Cancer, breast cancer, Prostate Cancer, sarcoma, Wilms tumor, and neuroblastoma. Secondary lung tumor is a term that is also used for malignancies that arise in the lungs as a consequence of therapy for cancer. This article is not intended to cover description of such tumors. Spread to lungs is usually a marker of advanced malignant disease, but spread can also occur as an isolated early event. In certain circumstances, surgical resection with curative intent can be perform, with reported 5 - year survival rate of as high as 30 - 40%, depending on underlying primary malignancy and selection criteria for surgery.


Pathophysiology

Many theories have been proposed regarding the origin of metastatic cells involved in the spread of tumor. Metastatic spread is also under control by combined play of genetic or epigenetic factors. Smoking exposure correlates to activation of ubiquitin - chemokine receptor type 4 pathway, high tissue levels of E - selectin, activation of nuclear factor kappa - light - chain - enhancer of activated B cells signaling in pneumocytes, increased chemokine ligand 2 expression and macrophage infiltration in the lung microenvironment. This chemokine secretion by alveolar cells recruits neutrophils, which in turn synthesize arachidonate 5 - lipoxygenase - dependent leukotriene. Leukotriene promotes survival and proliferation of leukotriene B4 - expressing metastatic clones. Neutrophils also secrete cathepsin G and elastases, which further facilitate metastatic growth. The Fate of cells that reach distant focus will either end up in apoptosis, survival, or dormancy. Distant metastatic cell dormancy period varies, eg, short in lung cancer, long in ER + breast ca, prostate cancer. Also, recent discoveries show that metastatic focus get prepared before the arrival of metastatic cells itself. Before actual arrival of metastatic cells, microenvironment get created by interaction among: metastatic cells utilize cell - autonomous traits that facilitate homing and survival by altering following genes: various stromal cells, including fibroblasts, neutrophils, and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1 - positive bone marrow - derive hematopoietic progenitor cells play crucial role in niche preparation. It is worth noting that metastatic niche can be stimulating or suppressive. Adhesion and extracellular matrix molecules: To establish metastatic mass, circulating neoplastic cells need to adhere to endothelial walls and extravasate to reach lung parenchyma. Exosomes are small membrane - bound vesicles of endocytic origin that can transport molecules, including proteins, DNA, RNA, and non - coding RNA from one cell to another. They can disseminate via the bloodstream and can induce changes in distant sites to establish a favorable environment for cancer cells. In cancer setting, tumor - derive exosomes have demonstrated being taken up by organ - specific cells to prepare pre - metastatic niche. Eg, mice injected with tumor cells that have a predilection to metastasize to lung, interact with lung epithelial lining cells. Lung - tropic exosomes expressing integrin preferentially interact with S100A4 - positive fibroblasts and surfactant protein - positive pneumocytes. Rnas in tumor exosomes can activate toll - like receptor 3 in alveolar type II cells. It induces chemokine secretion and neutrophil recruitment in the lung. These steps are critical for initiating the formation of metastatic niche in lung. Exosomes cod proteins help to establish a favorable environment at distant sites. These proteins include tenascin, bone morphogenic protein inhibitor. Tenascin C increases concentration of growth factors such as EGF, vascular endothelial growth factor, fibroblast growth factors, which are capable of promoting growth of metastatic masses. Bone morphogenic protein inhibitors regulate the cycle of tumor dormancy and activity in lungs and promote metastasis of breast cancer cells to lungs but not to the bone or brain. Colorectal cancer cells that metastasize have specific markers CD110 and CDCP1, which adhere to epithelium of liver and lung, encouraging organ - specific metastasis.


How metastases develop

Metastases is plural form of metastasis. Metastases most commonly develop when cancer cells break away from the main tumor and enter the bloodstream or lymphatic system. These systems carry fluids around the body. This means that cancer cells can travel far from the original tumor and form new tumors when they settle and grow in different parts of the body. Metastases can also sometimes develop when cancer cells from the main tumor, typically in the belly, or abdominal cavity, break off and grow in nearby areas, such as in the liver, lungs, or bones. Any type of cancer can spread. Whether this happens depends on several factors, including: type of cancer. Some cancers are more likely to spread than others. How fast cancer is growing Other factors about behavior of cancer that your doctor may find

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Types of metastatic lung cancer

Along with the main types of Lung Cancer, other tumors can occur in the lungs. Lung Carcinoid tumors: Carcinoid tumors of the lung account for fewer than 5% of lung tumors. Most of these grow slowly. For more information about these tumors, see Lung Carcinoid Tumor. Other Lung tumors: Other types of Lung Cancer such as adenoid cystic carcinomas, lymphomas, and sarcomas, as well as benign lung tumors such as hamartomas are rare. These are treated differently from more common lung cancers and are not discussed here. Cancers that spread to lungs: Cancers that start in other organs can sometimes spread to lungs, but these are not lung cancers. For example, cancer that starts in the breast and spreads to the lungs is still breast cancer, not lung cancer. Treatment for Metastatic Cancer to lungs is based on where it start.

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Steps of cancer metastasis

Research coming from brain metastasis of breast and NSCLC has raised several important findings. First, metastatic carcinomas can colonize the brain in different ways. Renal cell carcinomas most often form metastases which are well circumscribed and grow not out of the microglia pseudocapsule, whereas SCLCs tend to form small metastatic foci and tumor cells grow into the microglia pseudocapsule and beyond into brain parenchyma. This has nicely been demonstrated by coculture system consisting of organotypic mouse brain slice and epithelial cells embed in matrigel. In addition by same group of researchers, it has been shown that microglia support invasion and colonization of brain tissue by breast and lung cancer cells. This is under control of Wnt pathway, as upregulation of Dickkopf - 2, inhibitor of Wnt, inactivates prometastatic function of microglia. Similar to tumor dentritic cell interaction, bacterial lipopolysacharide shifts tumor - educate microglia into classical M1 phenotype, reduces their proinvasive function, and unmasks inflammatory and Wnt signaling as the most strongly regulated pathways. Several factors have been identified as being specifically involved in regulating brain metastasis, but so far, these are still isolated factors, and the main question of how these different factors interact remains unanswered. Among different cells of the brain, astrocytes seem to serve invading carcinoma cells. Astrocytes secrete matrix metalloprotease - 2 and MMP - 9 that proactively induce human lung and breast tumor cell invasion and metastasis formation. In addition, factors from coagulation cascade are important. Plasmin acts as defense against metastatic invasion by converting membrane - bound astrocytic FasL into paracrine death signal for cancer cells and by inactivating axon path - finding molecule L1CAM, which metastatic cells express for spreading along brain capillaries and for metastatic outgrowth. But, metastatic carcinoma cells from lung and breast secrete neuroserpin and serpin B2 to prevent plasmin generation and its metastasis - suppressive effects. Within the Wnt pathway, LEF1 / TCF4 acts independently of - catenin in cerebrally metastasized human Lung adenocarcinomas. Downregulation of E - cadherin was also observed in the majority of adenocarcinoma and small - cell lung cancer samples. Loh of CDH1 gene was frequently found in SCLC. Altered expressions of dishevel - 1, dishevel - 3, E - cadherin, and beta - catenin were present in brain metastases of SCLC and adenocarcinoma, again pointing to the importance of Wnt signaling. In another study, peritumoral brain edema was shown to be associated with increase - catenin, E - cadherin, and decrease in CD44v6 and caspase - 9 expressions in brain metastatic squamous cell carcinoma. These findings were confirmed in another study showing significant correlation of increased collagen XVII in adenocarcinoma and increased caspase - 9, CD44v6, and decreased cellular apoptosis susceptibility protein and Ki - 67 in squamous cell carcinoma in brain metastasis. Interestingly, when looking up adenocarcinomas with ALK1 rearrangement, FGFR1 gene amplification correlates significantly with brain metastases. Although in these cases there were also higher numbers of visceral metastases, FGFR1 amplifications in brain metastases of adenocarcinomas were fivefold more frequent than in primary tumors. Also, cross - talk of EGFR - MET was reported in adenocarcinomas with brain metastasis. This was not direct interaction but signaling via activation of mitogen - activating protein kinases.


What Is Metastatic Cancer?

Once cancer spreads, it can be hard to control. Although some types of metastatic cancer can be cured with current treatments, most cannot. Even so, there are treatments for all patients with metastatic Cancer. The goal of these treatments is to stop or slow the growth of cancer or to relieve symptoms caused by it. In some cases, treatments for metastatic cancer may help prolong life. The treatment that you may have depends on your type of Primary Cancer, where it has spread, treatments youve had in the past, and your general health. To learn about treatment options, including clinical trials, find your type of cancer among PDQ Cancer Information Summaries for Adult Treatment and Pediatric Treatment.

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Treatment and prognosis

Table

SEER stage5-year relative survival rate
Localized61%
Regional35%
Distant6%
All SEER stages combined24%

If you have lung cancer, you may have questions about your prognosis. A Prognosis is doctors ' best estimate of how cancer will affect someone and how it will respond to treatment. Prognosis and survival depend on many factors. Only a doctor familiar with your medical history, type and stage and other features of your cancer, treatments chosen and response to treatment can put all of this information together with survival statistics to arrive at prognosis. Prognostic factor is an aspect of cancer or characteristic of a person that the doctor will consider when making a prognosis. Predictive factors influence how cancer will respond to certain treatment. Prognostic and predictive factors are often discussed together. They both play a part in deciding on treatment plan and prognosis. The following are prognostic and predictive factors for lung cancer. Standard measure of persons ability to perform ordinary tasks and carry out daily activities. The Karnofsky performance status scale is used to assess persons prognosis, to monitor changes in persons ability to function or decide if a person is suitable for clinical trial. A person's performance status is given a score out of 100. Higher score, better able person is to carry out daily activities. The stage of lung Cancer is the most important prognostic factor. Early stages of lung Cancer have better prognosis than later stages. Non - small cell lung Cancer stag 0 or 1 generally have more favourable prognosis than stages 2, 3 or 4. Limited stage small cell lung cancers have much better prognosis than extensive stage cancers. People who have only one metastasis from lung cancer have more favourable prognosis than those who have multiple metastatic tumours. Single metastasis to the brain may have more favourable prognosis than multiple metastases in another part of the body. Non - small cell lung Cancer that has spread to adrenal glands has a more favourable prognosis than cancer that has spread to the brain or liver. Small cell lung Cancer that has spread to the brain has a less favourable prognosis than cancer that has spread only to bones or mediastinum. People who have lost more than 5% of their body weight before treatment starts have less favourable prognosis than people who haven't lost weight. Performance status measures how well a person can do their daily activities and everyday tasks. People with a higher performance status score have better prognosis than people who have a lower performance status score. Women with lung cancer have slightly better prognosis than men who are diagnosed with the same cancer. People who have lung problems have less favourable prognosis. Lung problems can include the following: collapsed lung lung infection, buildup of fluid around lung during diagnosis, Several tests are done on lung cancer tissue to see if there are certain changes to genes of cancer cells.


Introduction

Lung cancer is among the most common malignant tumors and has increasing rates of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is estimated that ~234 000 new lung cancer cases were diagnosed in 2018 in the United States, and that ~154 000 people will succumb to lung cancer this year. The majority of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed with non - small cell lung cancer, and > 80% of these patients have different degrees of metastasis. The most common sites for lung cancer metastasis are the nervous system, bone, liver, respiratory system and adrenal glands. Bone metastasis is most common in patients with lung adenocarcinoma. The prognosis and survival rate of patients with advanced lung cancer are very poor, and survival rate is not satisfactory. The Median survival time of patients with stage IV NSCLC is 5 months. Patients with stage IV NSCLC with liver metastasis have the worst prognosis, < 3 months. With advances in cancer treatment, molecular target therapy and immunotherapy may provide alternatives to conventional surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. However, targeted therapy is not effective in people without epidermal growth factor receptor mutations. Emergence of drug resistance in tumor cells may lead to treatment failure in patient population that is suitable for targeted therapy. In addition, both targeted therapy and immunotherapy may be economically unfeasible for patients with lung cancer. Accordingly, cost - effective treatment alternatives for patients with lung cancer are require. The gold standard treatment for patients with NSCLC with distant metastasis is multidisciplinary comprehensive treatment including chemoradiotherapy, immunotherapy, target therapy and immunotherapy rather than surgery. Furak et al reported that the 5 - year survival rate of patients with NSCLC that do not undergo surgical treatment was 5. 8%. However, improvements in surgical techniques have improved the 5 - year survival rate and median survival of patients with stage IV NSCLC. Therefore, surgical treatment in patients with stage IV NSCLC may be beneficial. To date, there have been few large clinical retrospective studies on surgical treatment of patients with stage IV NSCLC. Accordingly, current study aims to investigate whether surgical treatment may improve the outcome of patients with stage IV NSCLC, as well as to identify factors which influence prognosis of patients. Relevant cases were selected from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program for further analysis.

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Table2

SEER stage5-year relative survival rate
Localized27%
Regional16%
Distant3%
All SEER stages combined6%
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Where lung cancer spreads

Table

SEER stage5-year relative survival rate
Localized61%
Regional35%
Distant6%
All SEER stages combined24%

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Table2

SEER stage5-year relative survival rate
Localized27%
Regional16%
Distant3%
All SEER stages combined6%
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Tumor establishment and cell migration

Alcam expression was significantly upregulated in NSCLC brain Metastasis with de novo expression of ALCAM in 31. 2% of BM. Moderate / strong ALCAM expression in both primary NSCLC and brain Metastasis was associated with shortened survival. Functional analysis of ALCAM knock - out Cell line shows significantly decreased cell adhesion capacity to human brain endothelial cells by 38%. In vivo studies show significantly lower Tumor Cell dissemination in mice injected with ALCAM - KO cells in both mouse models, and both the number and size of BM were significantly diminished in ALCAM deplete tumors. Alcam expression in primary Tumor and Metastatic tissue from NSCLC patients. Alcam protein expression in primary Tumor and 2 different BM from NSCLC patient.S Frequency of ALCAM expression in PT, lymph node metastases, and BM tissue. Survival analysis by Kaplan - Meier shows significantly shortened OS for patients with positive ALCAM protein expression in NSCLC primary tumors and NSCLC BM. The P - value was determined using a log - rank test. Scale bar 20 M. Alcam expression in primary Tumor and Metastatic tissue from NSCLC patients. Alcam protein expression in primary Tumor and 2 different BM from NSCLC patient.S Frequency of ALCAM expression in PT, lymph node metastases, and BM tissue. Survival analysis by Kaplan - Meier shows significantly shortened OS for patients with positive ALCAM protein expression in NSCLC primary tumors and NSCLC BM. The P - value was determined using a log - rank test. Scale bar 20 M. Alcam As BM marker in liquid biopsy. Immunofluorescent staining of ALCAM on CTC and match brain Metastasis sample. Correlation of ALCAM expression on CTCs with matched NSCLC brain Metastasis tissue. Secrete ALCAM serum analysis in non - Metastatic, oligo - BM and multisite Metastatic NSCLC patients showing significantly elevated sALCAM level in advanced Cancer patients compared with early stag patients and oligo - BM patients. Mean SD. Scale bar 20 M. Alcam As BM marker in liquid biopsy. Immunofluorescent staining of ALCAM on CTC and match brain Metastasis sample. Correlation of ALCAM expression on CTCs with matched NSCLC brain Metastasis tissue. Secrete ALCAM serum analysis in non - Metastatic, oligo - BM and multisite Metastatic NSCLC patients showing significantly elevated sALCAM level in advanced Cancer patients compared with early stag patients and oligo - BM patients. Mean SD. Scale bar 20 M. Functional analyses of ALCAM in NSCLC cells. Silencing of ALCAM in NCI - H460 cells by CRISPR / Cas ALCAM - KO was confirmed by immunoblot. The Absence of ALCAM has no influence on proliferation, migration, and colony formation capacity. Adhesion on hCMEC / D3 EC under static conditions was significantly reduced in H460 ALCAM - KO cells compared with parental cells. Adhesion after exposure to share stress was significantly reduced in ALCAM - KO cells. Parental Cancer H460 cells and ALCAM KO counterparts were cultured alone or mixed with EC, cultured for 2 days on gelatin - coat coverslips prior to processing for scanning electron microcopy. Insets show higher magnification of certain regions indicated with boxes. Drawings show the appearance of plasma membrane protrusions on their surface. Asterisk, Cancer cells; arrow, EC; M, magnupod.

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Angiogenesis, hypoxia, and stroma (microenvironment)

Functional interactions between breast cancer cells and stromal cells that are mediated by HIF - dependent expression of secreted factors. In response to hypoxia, HIFs induce and activate transcription of genes encoding angiopoietin - like 4, L1 cell adhesion molecule, lysyl oxidase, LOX - like 2, LOXL4, platelet - derived growth factor B, stem cell factor, stromal - derive factor 1, and vascular endothelial growth factor. These factors promote functional interactions with blood endothelial cells, lymphatic endothelial cells, bone marrow - derive angiogenic cells, and other bone marrow - derive cells. These interactions promote angiogenesis, lymphangiogenesis, lymphatic metastasis, metastatic niche formation, and blood vessel metastasis. Deconvolution of steps involves hematogenous metastasis of cancer cells. Process include invasion of cancer cells into blood vessels within primary tumor; survival of cancer cell in circulation; adherence of cancer cell to endothelium of blood vessel in distant tissue; migration through endothelium; and cancer cell survival and proliferation at distant site, which requires prior metastatic niche formation.

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Vascular invasion, lymphatic/hematologic

Risk factors differ for early - stage Melanoma Metastasis via lymphatic system and bloodstream, according to a retrospective single - Center cohort study of 1 177 patients published in JAMA Dermatology. Experts contacted by Cancer Network caution that additional work is needed to validate findings. Follow - up and adjuvant treatment strategies may therefore need to be adapted to individual clinical, histopathologic and molecular characteristics, concludes senior study author Eduardo Nagore, MD, PhD, of Valencia Catholic University Saint Vincent Martyr, in Spain. Patients were diagnosed with stage I or II Melanoma between 2015 and 2018. They underwent wide excision and also sentinel Lymph node biopsy when primary tumors were thicker than 0. 75 MM at diagnosis or 0. 75 MM or thinner with ulceration, vascular invasion, microscopic satellite loci, or at least 1 dermal - component mitosis, authors report. At median follow - up of 75 months, 216 patients had suffered Metastasis. In multivariate analyses, risk of hematologic spread was associated with older patients age; primary Melanoma located on head, neck, or acral anatomies; and vascular invasion, team report. The Risk of hematogenous Metastasis was associated with TERT promoter and BRAF mutations, although mutation status was assessed in a minority of cohort patients. Risk for both lymphatic and hematogenous metastasis was associated with greater Breslow thickness. The study adds to our understanding of the biology of thin melanomas, comments Richard Carvajal, MD, Medical oncologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York. Although deeper evaluation of molecular mechanisms of variable dissemination patterns of thin melanomas is needed, this work provides important clinical features that, with further validation, may impact our surveillance strategies and potential use of systemic adjuvant therapies in future. With approval of multiple effective adjuvant therapies, including nivolumab, pembrolizumab, and combination of dabrafenib and trametinib, for Lymph node - positive Melanoma after primary therapy, there is greater urgency for improved understanding of disease recurrence from earlier stage disease, Carvajal told Cancer Network. Indeed, even though over 90% of patients with thin stage I melanomas are cured of their disease with surgery alone, recurrence and deaths due to disease still occur, and it is critical that we develop means to identify those patients at highest risk so that we may develop preventative treatment strategies for them. However, patient cohort was limited to stage I and II patients, caution Victoria Mar, PhD, MBBS, FACD, director of Victorian Melanoma Service at Alfred Hospital and associate professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. They have therefore excluded patients with lymphatic spread detected early with SLNB from analysis, she explain. When we analyze prospective cohort of just over 1 048 patients, we find that, of 306 that develop metastatic disease, 62% develop nodal disease as site of first metastasis, 24% direct hematogenous spread, and 12% in transit, Mar note. There was little evidence to suggest that pathways of progression to distant Disease differ by mutation status, though there was significant association between BRAF mutation status and Lymph node Metastasis and sentinel node positivity.

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Extravasation

Carcinoma cells have to escape circulation. However, process of how tumor cells select their final destination is still not clear. A lot of information was gained from studies on homing mechanisms of lymphocytes and extravasation of granulocytes. The most important sites are venules with high endothelia. First of all, blood flow is reduce, which enables tumor cells to roll over endothelia and express adhesion molecules. These adhesion molecules need to find their respective and specific receptors for adhesion. Once adhering to endothelia, tumor cells have to activate coagulation system for better and firm adherence, followed by production of holes between endothelia for migration out of vessel lumen. Several factors have been identify, such as caveolin, which increases cell permeability. Loss of caveolin results in increased phosphorylation of VEGFR - 2 and decrease in association with adherence junction protein, VE - cadherin. Loss of caveolin increases endothelial permeability and tumor growth. Tumor cells might use different selectins such as E - selectin and P - selectin to adhere to specific sites on the endothelia of venules. Also, other selectins might be used as has been shown by knockout of these selectins. Psgl - 1, CD44, and CEA could be detected in SCLC cells. By intravital microscopy, SCLC cells were shown to roll along vessel walls mimicking leukocyte behavior.


INTRODUCTION

Metastasis is a term used to describe the spread of tumor cells from primary sites to surrounding structures and distant sites. It is considered a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Distant metastasis is an indicative marker of the aggressive nature of primary tumor. Metastasis to lungs is a complex multistep process. Metastatic tumor cells go through stages of detachment from primary tumor sites, invasion into vessels, extravasation into appropriate secondary site, establishment of microenvironment supporting its nourishment and blood supply. Common cancers that metastasize to lung parenchyma include breast, lung, colorectal cancer, uterine leiomyosarcoma, and head / neck squamous cell carcinomas. Cancers that spread to endobronchial tree of lungs include colorectal, renal, and lung cancer, and lymphomas. Other tumors that can metastasize to lungs include osteosarcoma, testicular tumors. Other rare cancers described in literature that metastasize to lung include adrenal, thyroid, choriocarcinoma, hypernephroma. Some tumors cannot be identified and are classified as cancer of unknown primary. Around 90% of CUP are adenocarcinomas, with squamous cell carcinomas and undifferentiated carcinomas reportedly less frequent.


Concepts of Metastasis

In 1889, English surgeon Stephen Paget illustrated his theory of metastasis with the sentence When a plant goes to seed, its seeds are carried in all directions, but they can only live and grow if they fall on congenial soil. He based this seed and soil hypothesis on autopsy records where he detected discrepancy between blood supply and frequency of metastasis in specific organs. He concluded that development of metastasis depends on distinctive features of tumor cells as well as specific target organs. This concept replaces the mechanistic hypothesis of Rudolf Virchow, who considered metastasis as arrest of tumor cell emboli in vasculature. Nowadays, metastasis is understood as a complex process of molecular and biochemical events performed by multiple actors. The concept of homogenous seed has been replaced by a heterogeneous hierarchically organized system of tumorigenic cancer stem cells and their non - tumorigenic progeny. Cancer stem cells are now regarded to be major drivers in metastasis development. In addition, idea of sequential development of cancer from single primary tumor to subsequent spread to distant sites was abandoned in recent years and replaced by a model of simultaneous progression towards metastatic tumor disease. Currently, the favourite model describes evolution of systemic tumor disease as parallel development of primary tumor and distant metastasis caused by heterogeneous tumor subpopulations. To understand the cellular and molecular basis of metastasis, most acknowledged approach is the concept of invasion - metastasis cascade proposed by Isaiah J. Fidler in 2003 and subsequently adapted by Scott Valastyan in 2011. Authors distinguish 6 steps in the process from primary local tumor to distant metastasis: i local invasion, ii intravasation, iii survival in circulation, iv arrest at distant organ site and extravasation, v micrometastasis formation, and vi metastatic colonization fig.

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