Metastasis: How Cancer Spreads Video


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How does tumor angiogenesis help spread cancer throughout the human body?

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1. The spread of cancer cells around the body is known as _____.

2. Why is the chemical VEGF especially dangerous for cancer patients?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How does cancer spread and how can it be treated once it has done so? This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you assess what you know about this aspect of cancer. You will be quizzed mainly on terms used in relation to this process.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The terms used to describe the process by which new blood vessels form to feed cancer cells and the type of molecule used in this process
  • The term used to describe the spread of cancer around the body
  • The ability to recognize a true statement about cancer metastasis
  • Two common areas of the body in which cancer spreads

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding how cancerous tumors grow and spread
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as angiogenesis and VEGF
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how blood vessels form to feed cancerous growths

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Metastasis: How Cancer Spreads. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define metastasis
  • Explain the process by which blood vessels are formed to feed a tumor
  • Details reasons why cancer cells are unable to spread in the body
  • Identify areas of the body where cancer commonly spreads
  • Discuss treatment options for cancer that has spread