Breast Cancer Metastasis
Breast cancer metastatis is a cancer that has spread to other organs from the original tumor, which is in breast. Patients which are affected of breast cancer have a risk to experience metastasis for their life. Research discovered that about 10-15% of patients who suffered breast cancer develop distant metastases during 3 years after the early diagnose of the primary tumor. But, the manifestation of metastases at distant place of the body 10 years or more after the early detection is also usual thing to happen. However, patient with metastasis phase still will have a normal life as long as they are treated well, with mental support and healthy food and also pray.
The Process of Breast Cancer Metastasis
Actually, the breast cancer metastatis itself is a complicated process. In the beginning, cancers cells come out from the primary tumor, and then brought by blood vessels or lymph to the destination organ. The destination usually is the closest organ from the primary tumor or depends on the blood vessels which bring it. After it reaches the destination organ, the cells will try to deceive immune system by changing itself to another form. Commonly, bones is the first organ which affected by metastatis. Because bones is an organ which always grow and replace damaged cell, so it will be a good medium to cancer cell, besides, bones also producing a substance that stimulate the growing of cancer cell. Common parts of bones which are influenced by metastasis are spine, hip, ribs, upper arm bones and thigh bones. Those are easy to be influenced because have many blood supply.
Another part of the breast cancer metastasis is in liver, lung, and brain. Symptoms of liver metastasis are fever, weight loss, and loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. It can cause jaundice and liver enzyme elevate. Beware if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain and chronic cough, it may be the signs of lung metastatis. Examples of Metastasis brain symptoms are vertigo, progressive worsening headache, and visual change.
The treatment for breast cancer metastatis is different, depends on the symptoms and organ which is affected by cancer. Radiotherapy is a common treatment for bone metastasis. It can prevent pain and fractures of bone if it used in exact time. Other common treatment is chemotherapy. However, besides medical one, there are also alternative solution to cure cancer such as acupuncture, vitamin therapy, and homeopathic treatments. Each of those therapies have its strength and effects for patients, before choosing both alternative or medical, it’s good to ask doctor or expert first to get the best solution.
Those are information about cancer metastasis. Although cancer is a nightmare, there is a chance to recover as long as we are sure and have high motivation of life to pass the cancer. With good medical or alternative treatment, patient should balance it with pray, healthy food and support from people around. In some cases even the mental support heals much more than medical treatment for breast cancer metastasis patients.