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metastasize

[mə′tas·tə‚sīz]
(medicine)
To be transferred by metastasis.
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In early stage breast cancer (stages I and II), cancer cells are confined to the breast or immediate lymph node area; the focus for the patient is to become a "survivor." When cancer metastasizes, treatments that worked at the beginning may lose effectiveness over time.
Colorectal cancer, which is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States, often metastasizes to the liver, contributing to its morbidity.
Answer: as the warfare state metastasizes, its bureaucrats will continue to accumulate more power to monitor, control, and restrict the activities of law-abiding citizens.
Surgeons who remove cancerous prostates often take tissue from nearby lymph nodes at the same time, since these nodes are likely to be the first place to which a cancer metastasizes. A cancer-positive lymph node indicates that follow-up therapy is needed to keep cancer from recurring.