Secondary liver cancer

Secondary liver cancer is when a cancer that started somewhere else in the body has spread to the liver. Find out about the possible symptoms, the tests you might have and treatment.

Secondary lung cancer

Secondary lung cancer is when a cancer that started somewhere else in the body has spread to the lungs. It is also called lung metastases. Find out about the possible symptoms and treatment.

Secondary bone cancer

When a cancer has spread from where it started to the bones, it is called secondary bone cancer. Find out about the possible symptoms and treatment.

Secondary brain cancer

Secondary brain cancer is when a cancer that started in another part of the body has spread to the brain. It is also called brain metastases. Find out about the possible symptoms and the treatment you might have.

Leptomeningeal metastases

Leptomeningeal metastases means cancer cells have spread to one of the membranes that surround the brain. Find out more about what this is and the treatment you might have.

Coping with secondary cancer

Coping with secondary cancer can be very difficult. Getting the help and support you and your family need can help.

Resources and support

There are organisations, support groups and books to help you cope with symptoms and side effects caused by cancer and its treatment.

Last reviewed: 
07 Apr 2020
Next review due: 
07 Apr 2023

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This section is written, reviewed and updated by Cancer Research UK’s Patient Information Web Team. Thanks to the expert medical professionals and people affected by cancer who have helped to review this information.

  • Dr Angela Halley (Consultant in Palliative Medicine)
  • Professor Siow Ming Lee (Consultant and Professor of Medical Oncology)
  • our lay reviewers
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