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Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more


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What are visceral metastases exactly ?

What are visceral metastases exactly ?

Cancer in organs: Metastases, or areas of cancer spread, to the liver, lungs, or other organs in the body. Metastases to bone are not visceral metastases. ...Read more

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What are the causes of hepatic metastases?

What are the causes of  hepatic metastases?

Hepatic mets: I think you mean what cancers can cause hepatic mets. It usually happens when cancer spread through blood circulation in liver. Many different type of cancer can spread to liver. Most commonly colon, any cancer of digestive system and lung cancer. But mostly any cancer can spread to liver. ...Read more

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What can be done fir peritoneal metastases?

Peritoneal mets: This is a very difficult area to treat. It depends first on where the spread is from...ovaries,colon, uterus...etc. Some cases will be managed with surgery others will receive chemo. Radiation is not a great tool to use since this is a large area and lots of sensitive organs. ...Read more

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Why is a whipple resection contraindicated with metastases?

Why is a whipple resection contraindicated with metastases?

Won't cure: A whipple is a desperate attempt to remove all of a primary cancer of the pancreas or some other nearby organ. If the disease has already metastasized, some safer palliative procedure may help. ...Read more

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How to differentiate primary tumor cells from cells of metastases?

Close exam: primary tumor cells are well defined, arising in the organ that initiates the lesion. A cancer of the breast when biopsied shows adenoca cells of breast origin. When metastatic to liver or lung, biopsy will show the same cells as the primary . If the lesion arises in the liver it is not metastatic in terms of cells seen but liver tumor cells or hepatoma. ...Read more

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Please explain reasons why whipple resection contraindicated with metastases?

Please explain reasons why whipple resection contraindicated with metastases?

No survival: Pancreas cancer has a poor prognosis. No survival noted if performed in the presence of metastatic disease. Use of chemotherapy such as gemcitabine and Abraxane give the best chance for prolonged survival in terms of months after diagnosis made. Only 10% or patients diagnosed with pancreatic head cancer are candidates for a whipple resection, and even here only 10% of patients are ned at 2 yrs. ...Read more

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Is SIRT worth doing for liver liver metastases 1x 7 cm 1x 6 cm 8 under 2 cm?

Is SIRT worth doing for liver liver metastases 

1x 7 cm
1x 6 cm
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Yes: Multiple liver lesions can be treated by a number of approaches because what is in liver will not spread. Originally ligation of hepatic artery was used since portal vein supplies hepatocytes and hepatic artery the metastatic tumors.Can be used with SIRT which is a form of RT treatment wherein a dose of SIR-Spheres® microspheres are delivered up to 40 times higher than conventional doses. ...Read more

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What are the areas of infiltrative metastases for oral low-grade adenocarcinoma?

What are the areas of infiltrative metastases for oral low-grade adenocarcinoma?

Submax region: Oral low grade adenocarcinomas are relatively rare. Since the major portion of the oral cavity is squamous cells lining the cavity, squamous Ca is most frequently found. The adenocarcinomas arising from glandular tissue arise from the minor salivary gland lining the cheeks and areas like sublingual glands which when harboring malignancies, spread is to the upper cerival or submax region. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the most common areas of infiltrative metastases for oral low-grade adenocarcinoma?

Unclear: Your question is not clear to me. Please expand and explain it better. Most oral cancers spread to the upper neck lymph nodes. ...Read more