Metastasis First Recognized

Cancer cells in bloodstream

Joseph Claude Anthelm Recamier recognizes the spread of cancer, he coins the term metastasis. The Greeks used the term metastasis to mean "removal from one place to another."

This is an important finding because it is now estimated that metastasis causes about 90% of all cancer deaths.1

  • 1Morton, Leslie T., and Moore, Robert J. A Chronology of Medicine and Related Sciences. Aldershot, England: Scholar Press, 1997