The way we name cancer could affect access to treatment, the researchers say.

20 March 2024

Modern approaches to treating cancer – including surgery and radiation – target the organs in which the tumour is present . This practice formed the basis of classifying cancers after the organ in which they originate . Most deaths due to cancer are the result of the disease metastasising beyond the organ of origin; individuals with metastatic cancer are almost always treated systemically with drugs .