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Heart cancer

Heart cancer

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Heart cancer. Gross clinical specimen of a heart showing numerous cancerous growths (pale lumps) on the pericardium, the outer lining of the heart. These are secondary tumours. The original (primary) tumour was in the thyroid gland (not seen). When tumours spread from one site to another in the body, it is called metastasis. Surgical removal of all the affected areas, followed by chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, may effect a temporary cure, but after metastasis the prognosis is poor.

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