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What is primary cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Cancer can begin in any organ or tissue of the body. The original tumor is called the primary cancer or primary tumor. It is usually named for the part of the body or the type of cell in which it begins.

This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

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