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The spread of cancer

Cancer can spread from where it began to other parts of the body

La razón principal por la que el cáncer es tan grave es por su capacidad para extenderse en el cuerpo. Las células cancerosas pueden diseminarse localmente al moverse dentro del tejido normal circundante o extenderse a otros tejidos u órganos, cercanos o lejanos.



Cancer spreads in the body in 3 ways:

1) Tissue: The cancer spreads from where it began and spreads to nearby areas.

* When cancer spreads to distant parts of the body, it is called METASTAST.

2) Lymphatic system: Cancer spreads from where it began and enters the lymphatic system. It travels through the lymphatic vessels and forms a tumor (metastatic tumor) in another part of the body.
3) Blood: The cancer spreads from where it began and enters the blood by moving through the blood vessels and forms a tumor (metastatic tumor) in another part of the body.

The metastatic tumor is the same type of cancer as the primary tumor. For example, if thyroid cancer spreads to the lungs, cancer cells in the lungs are, in fact, thyroid cancer cells. The disease is metastatic thyroid cancer, not lung cancer.

The treatment that is received depends on the type of the primary cancer, where it is spread, on the treatments that have been received in the past, and on the health in general. The Institute of Interventional Oncology (IDOI Mexico) recommends consulting with a medical specialist to know about treatment options,
IDOI Mexico also urges to solve any questions you may have and thus help you know what to expect now and in the future.