by Dr. Alisha Kassam
When cancer has metastasized it means that it has spread from the place where it first started to another organ or tissue in the body. Although some types of metastatic cancer in young adults can be cured, for many, a diagnosis of metastatic cancer means that cure may no longer be possible. Nonetheless, cancer treatments are often available for all metastatic cancers to help slow the growth of the cancer and control symptoms. These treatments may also help prolong life and a number of patients with metastatic disease can enjoy good quality of life for months, or in some cases, years.