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Metastasis is a word used to describe the spread of cancer. Unlike normal cells, cancer cells have the ability to grow outside of the place in the body where they originate. When this happen, it is called metastatic Cancer. Nearly all types of cancer have the ability to metastasize, but whether they do depends on a variety of individual factors. Metastases can occur in three ways: they can grow directly into tissue surrounding tumor; Cells can travel through the bloodstream to distant locations; or cells can travel through the lymph system to nearby or distant lymph nodes. The most common sites for cancers to metastasize include the brain, bones, lungs and liver. Other places can include adrenal gland, lymph nodes, skin and other organs. Sometimes, metastasis will be found without known primary cancer. In this situation, extensive search is done to look for primary cancer source. If none can be find, it is considered a case of cancer of unknown primary. Some people will have no or minimal symptoms of metastatic Cancer. If there are cancer symptoms, they are based on the location of metastasis. If a tumor has metastasized to the brain, symptoms may include headache, dizziness, visual problems, speech problems, nausea, difficulty walking or confusion. Bone metastasis may or may not cause pain. Occasionally, first sign of bone metastasis is when the bone breaks with minor injury or no injury. * Severe back pain accompanied by leg numbness or difficulty with bowel or bladder control, must be evaluated by a doctor immediately. Cancer symptoms of lung metastasis are usually very vague and can be related to other problems that are unrelated to cancer. They can include cough, coughing up blood, chest pain or shortness of breath. Liver metastasis can cause pain, weight loss, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal fluid or jaundice. There is no one test to check for metastasis. Various tests will reveal different things. Tests that are done are determined by type of primary cancer and / or any symptoms that need to be investigate. Routine blood tests such as liver enzymes may be elevated in presence of liver metastasis. However, these blood tests are often normal, even in people with advanced disease. Some cancers have specific blood tests that can be helpful in following disease AFTER it has been diagnose. If these levels rise, it can be an indication that disease is active or progressing. Some examples are: colon Cancer: CEA ovarian Cancer: CA - 125 Prostate Cancer: PSA testes Cancer: AFP HCG. There are several tumor markers that are less specific, and therefore, not used as tool for diagnosing metastasis. There are many tests that are designed to take pictures of various parts of the inside of the body. The type of tests do will depend on symptoms and / or type of cancer. An Ultrasound is one way to evaluate the abdomen if mass is suspect.

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What Is Metastatic Cancer?

Cancer that has spread from primary, or original, site to other places in the body is generally classified as advanced cancer. When cancer has spread only to nearby tissues or lymph nodes, it is called locally advanced Cancer. When cancer has spread to other parts of the body, it is called metastatic cancer. Liver, lungs, lymph nodes and bones are common areas of metastasis. Even when metastatic cancer spreads to new location, it is still named after the area of the body where it start. For example, person with breast cancer that has spread to bones is said to have breast cancer with bone metastases. If cancer has spread widely throughout the body before it is discovered and it is unknown exactly where it start, it is called Cancer of Unknown Primary origin.

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How Cancer Spreads

Cancer cells spread through the body in a series of steps. These steps include: Growing into, or invading, nearby normal tissue Moving through walls of nearby lymph nodes or blood vessels Traveling through lymphatic system and bloodstream to other parts of the body Stopping in small blood vessels at distant location, invading blood vessel walls, and Moving into surrounding tissue Growing in this tissue until tiny Tumor forms Causing new blood vessels to grow, which create blood supply that allow Tumor to continue Growing Most of time, spreading cancer cells die at Some point in this process. But, as long as conditions are favorable for cancer cells at every step, some of them are able to form new tumors in other parts of the body. Metastatic cancer cells can also remain inactive at distant sites for many years before they begin to grow again, if at all.


What are bone metastases?

Bone metastases are not the same as cancer that starts in the bone. Cancer that starts in the bone is called primary bone cancer. There are different types of primary bone cancers, such as osteosarcoma. A tumor that has metastasize to bone is not made of bone cells. Bone metastases are made up of abnormal cancer cells that start from the original tumor site. For example, lung cancer that spreads to the bone is made of lung cancer cells. In this case, bone metastasis would be called metastatic lung cancer. In adults, metastatic bone cancer is much more common than primary bone cancer. Cancer cells that spread to bone often stay in these places: limbs, pelvis, rib cage Skull Spine cancer cells that spread from tumors in other parts of the body can form two main types of bone tumors: tumors may eat away areas of bone. This creates holes called osteolytic lesions. This can make bones fragile and weak. So bones can break or fracture easily. These areas may be painful. Tumors may cause bone to form and build up abnormally. These areas of new bone are called osteosclerotic or osteoblastic lesions. These are hard, but they re weak and unstable. They may break or collapse. They can also be painful.

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Patient discussion about Metastasis

It is very unfortunate for many patients with cancer that recurrent metastatic disease, with long latency periods, can develop without any clinical symptoms. This phenomenon is related to cancer dormancy that represents an early, silent stage of cancer progression. Although its complexity is not fully explain, some clinical evidence exists, indicating different mechanisms of cancer dormancy, such as angiogenic dormancy, cellular dormancy and immunosurveillance. Also, for treatment team, it is very challenging to identify mechanisms of cancer dormancy in individual patients, and to determine biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets, accordingly. Recently, cellular or serum biomarkers have emerged as potential help in detection of dormant stages of malignancy. Moreover, transcriptional profiles from dormant disseminated tumor cells can determine whether primary neoplastic lesions contain so - call signature of cancer dormancy, which can represent an important prognostic factor. Hopefully, better understanding of mechanisms leading to tumor dormancy can, in the near future, uncover innovative therapies, aimed at preventing metastases. At present time, in many patients, metastases to liver and to skeleton represent particularly ominous prognostic signs, and thus it is important to elucidate details of modern diagnostic work - up of these complications, prior to making final decisions, relevant to metastatic disease management. This should be done in a calm and competent manner, since cancer patients deserve credible, unbiased information about any diagnostic step, intervention or treatment regimen that may be consider. At this point, it is of utmost importance that medical team members carefully listen to patients ' concerns and work with them in partnership to develop the most optimal plan, specific to each patient's individual needs. Complex medical terminology should be presented to patients in a simple way, to ensure their understanding. This open dialogue should help both patients and providers focus on constructing a care plan that is most appropriate for give patient. In addition, with such an approach, it will be possible to avoid certain unnecessary, costly or toxic therapies that are not desired by some patients. Finally, offering cancer patients lifelong support, providing them with simple exercises and self - care techniques, as well as cultivating hope, should be incorporated into all conventional Oncology care systems, as a human priority


Treatments for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Some people have metastatic breast Cancer when they are first diagnosed with breast Cancer. This is called de novo metastatic breast Cancer. Most often, metastatic breast cancer arises years after a person has completed treatment for early or locally advanced breast cancer. This is sometimes called distant recurrence. The diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer is not your fault. You do nothing to cause cancer to spread. Most metastatic breast cancers are breast cancer cells that remain in the body after treatment for early breast cancer. Breast Cancer cells were always there, but were dormant and could not be detect. For some unknown reason, cancer cells begin to grow again. This process is not well - understood.

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What is advanced cancer?

Cancer is a disease of cells, which are the body's basic building blocks. It occurs when abnormal cells divide and multiply in an uncontrolled way. There are many types of cancer and each type develops differently. Some grow slowly, some advance rapidly, and others behave unpredictably. Some types of cancer respond well to treatment, while other types are more difficult to treat. Advanced cancer is a term used to describe cancer that is unlikely to be cure. It may be primary or secondary cancer. Primary cancer refers to the first mass of cancer cells in organ or tissue. A tumour is confined to its original site, such as bowel. This is called cancer in situ, carcinoma in situ or localised cancer. If cancer cells from primary site move through the body's bloodstream or lymph vessels to new site, they can multiply and form other malignant tumours. This is known as secondary or metastatic cancer. Secondary cancer keeps the name of original, primary cancer. For example, bowel cancer that has spread to the liver is still called metastatic bowel cancer, even when a person has symptoms caused by cancer in the liver. Although medical treatments may not be able to cure advanced cancer, some treatments may still be able to slow its growth or spread, sometimes for months or even years. Palliative care can also help manage cancer symptoms, which may include pain, and can reduce side effects from cancer treatments. At any stage of advanced cancer, range of other palliative care services can enhance the quality of life. Some people's cancer may be advanced when they are first diagnose. For others, cancer may spread or come back after initial treatment. Advanced cancer can usually be cure, but it can often be control. For some people, improved treatments can help manage cancer and relieve side effects, allowing people to live for long time - sometimes for years - with a good quality of life. In this case, cancer may be considered a chronic disease.

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Overview

Metastasize is a process that involves loss of intercellular cohesion, cell migration, angiogenesis, access to systemic circulation, survival in circulation, evasion of local immune responses, and growth of distant organs. 1 2 bone is the third most frequent site of metastasis, behind lung and liver. 3 Prostate and breast cancer are responsible for the majority of skeletal metastases. 4 this reflects both high incidence and the relatively long clinical course of these tumors. The overall incidence of bone metastasis is not know. 3 relative incidence of bone metastasis by type of tumor, in patients with advanced metastatic disease, is: 65 - 75% in BC; 65 - 75% in Prostate; 60% in thyroid; 30 - 40% in lung; 40% in bladder; 20 - 25% in renal cell carcinoma and 14 - 45% in melanoma. Median - survival from diagnosis of bone metastasis is: 6months in melanoma; 6 - 7 months in lung; 6 - 9 months in bladder; 12 months in renal cells carcinoma; 12 - 53 months in Prostate; 19 - 25 months in BC and 48 months in thyroid. 5 bone metastases are major cause of morbidity, characterized by severe pain, impaired mobility, pathologic fractures, spinal cord compression, bone marrow aplasia and hypercalcemia.

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Risk factors

Around 20 - 25% of patients with colorectal Cancer present with metastasis at initial diagnosis, while patients who are apparently Cancer - free on investigation at diagnosis subsequently develop locoregional recurrence, distant recurrence, or both. Metastasis occurs when cancer cells from the original tumor are able to proliferate in local, regional, or distant tissues; lymph nodes; or organs via lymphatic, blood, or even trans - coelomic spread. Crc recurrence is defined as local, regional, and distant metastatic recurrence after a disease - free period. Local recurrence refers to CRC relapse that occurs at the site of original surgical resection, while regional recurrence occurs at draining lymph nodes and / or lateral pelvic lymph nodes. Distant Metastatic recurrence involves the liver, lung, peritoneum, ovaries, adrenal glands, bone, and brain. It is estimated that 5 - year survival rates are around 90%, 70%, and 10% for CRC localize, regional, and distant Metastatic stages. Validating individual risk factors and even more so, multivariable prediction models of multiple risk factors for local, regional, or distant metastasis and recurrence is crucially important as these could guide management of primary tumor and provide prognostic information for patients and their cancer clinicians. Prediction models may be more successful if they consider the most informative factors. This knowledge may eventually prove useful in managing CRC treatment with better - informed patient choices. Understanding underlying validity and predictive performance of risk factors for locoregional recurrence is particularly relevant, given progressive moves towards organ - preserving approaches such as endoscopic resection, trans - anal microscopic surgery, and neo - adjuvant chemoradiotherapy for rectal Cancer, since organ preservation may be at the expense of elevated recurrence rates. Corollary also applies since risk - benefit ratio of extensive locoregional surgery and / or radiotherapy may be detrimentally impacted by future distant metastases. A number of systematic reviews have investigated existing risk factors for CRC metastasis and recurrence. However, there is a need for comprehensive evaluation of available epidemiological evidence. Here, we conduct umbrella review to identify and evaluate associations between risk factors and risk of CRC metastasis and recurrence. We also systematically collect and evaluate predictive models on CRC prognostic outcomes. We then conduct comparative cross - assessment between identified risk factors and predictors employed in risk prediction models to examine to what extent predictive models include the most influential factors.

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Metastatic Brain Tumors

Metastatic Brain cancer, also called secondary brain cancer, occurs when cancer spreads to the brain from another part of the body. It is about ten times more common than primary brain cancer, which starts in the brain. Each year, about 100 000 people in the United States are diagnosed with brain metastases. Approximately 20 to 40 percent of people with cancer develop this complication. More than half of them will have more than one Tumor in the brain. The risk of metastatic Brain Tumor depends on what kind of cancer you have and how advanced it is when its diagnose. In fact, more people than ever are being diagnosed with metastatic brain tumors. As we have gotten better at treating cancers, people with disease are living longer. Its therefore more likely their cancer will eventually spread. And improvements in imaging technologies allow the US to see brain tissue in better detail, making it easier to spot abnormal areas. The stage of your disease will determine your treatment. Your team may recommend surgery, radiation, or some combination of two. At any point in your care, you may also be eligible for clinical trial exploring new treatment options or approach.

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Clinical trials for new treatments

Read blog, How Do You Thank Someone For Time. Many new treatments for Metastatic BReast CAnCEr are under study. Most of these are drug therapies. A Clinical Trial offers you the chance to try a new treatment and possibly benefit from it. Learning whether a new drug is better than standard treatment can also help others. Findings from Clinical Trials determine whether or not new treatments will become part of the standard of care for Metastatic BReast CAnCEr. Some treatments may even go on to be used to treat early stage BReast CAnCEr or other types of CAnCEr. Some Clinical Trials compare new treatment to standard treatment. So, not everyone in trial gets new treatment. However, even those who do get new treatment still get standard treatment, just as they would if they didnt join trial. Talk With your oncologist About Clinical Trials. Remember, like all aspects of CAnCEr care, decision to join Clinical Trial is a personal one. Even if you decide not to join Clinical Trial now, it doesnt mean you ca join one later, if you re eligible. Learn more about Clinical Trials, including how to enroll and the informed consent process. Find a list of questions to ask your doctor about Clinical Trials. If you 've been diagnosed with Metastatic BReast CAnCEr, consider joining Clinical Trial when your oncologist is considering changing treatments, before starting new treatment or when there are limited treatment options. Breast CAnCEr Trials never use placebo instead of standard treatment. You will get either new treatment or standard treatment. Sometimes, you may get standard treatment plus placebo rather than standard treatment plus new treatment. If your medical center doesn't offer Clinical Trials, you can get referral from your oncologist to CAnCEr center that does Breastcancertrials. Org, in collaboration with Susan G. Komen, offers custom matching service to help find Clinical Trials For People With Metastatic BReast CAnCEr. Learn more about what Komen is doing to help people with any stage of BReast CAnCEr find and participate in Clinical Trials.

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How do doctors diagnose metastasis?

Metastatic breast cancer is not a specific type of breast cancer. It's most advanced stage of breast cancer. Metastasis occurs when breast cancer spreads beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other organs in the body. Most people newly diagnosed with breast cancer dont need tests to check for metastases. If youve been diagnosed with early breast cancer, you likely won't have these tests. If breast cancer has spread to lymph nodes in the underarm area or you 've been diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer or inflammatory breast cancer, you may need tests for metastases. Blood tests to check for spread to liver or bones Bone scans to check for spread to Bone X - rays and / or CT scans to check for spread to chest, abdomen and liver positron emission tomography and other tests for metastases may be done depending on your symptoms and findings from main tests. Although metastatic breast cancer cannot be cured today, it can be treat. Modern treatments continue to improve survival for people with metastatic breast cancer.

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Imaging Tests

After an interview and physical examination, your doctor will order x - rays if he or she suspects that you have metastatic bone disease. Because some pain is referred from other areas, your doctor may order x - rays of bone beyond areas where you are experiencing discomfort. An X - ray examination can tell oncologist great deal of information about whether and how much of bone is involve. Other imaging tests. Your doctor may also order a bone scan. This test is helpful in determining if other bones, in addition to the one in question, are involved with metastatic bone disease. In select cases, computerized tomography scan and / or magnetic resonance image may be order, especially in cases where the spine or pelvis may be involve.

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