metastatic tumour cell

metastatic tumour cell

A malignant cell that has undergone multiple changes, allowing it to invade, disseminate, implant, survive and grow at sites distant from the site of origin.
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AFP levels can be elevated in patients with primary lung carcinoma associated with liver metastases; it is believed that regenerating hepatocytes surrounding the metastatic tumour cells are the source of AFP.
When scientists added prosaposin to metastatic tumour cells injected into mice, cancer spread to the lymph nodes was completely eliminated.