Metastatic Cancer: What Does it Mean?



Sonali Bendre metastatic cancer

Don’t you remember the term metastatic cancer? Sometimes at the beginning of July, a certain news had been quite trending over the social media that Sonali Bendre had been diagnosed with a high-grade metastatic cancer and that she is taking a hasty decision and immediate action of flying to NY for treatment and to defeat the disease. She has shared in her Instagram post that she is optimistic and determined to fight the disease. She has thanked and been grateful to all for the love and support showered. Once in NY, she had kept her fans updated with pictures and inspirational posts on the course of her treatment and how she has been coping up with it. She has been strong and courageous enough in sharing her stories of dealing with cancer. And finally, after 6 months of treatment, she is returning to India. She says that she is back for a “happy interval” but the “fight is not yet over”.

There have been many who have applauded her for the bold move of sharing her journey and talk about such taboo topic like cancer. It is encouraging and at the same time motivating for all those who have been fighting cancer. She is an epitome of inspiration and shows us how to fight a deadly illness with a smile on the face. 

What is metastatic cancer and how can you identify it? 

Metastatic comes from the word metastasis which means spread. So the term metastatic cancer describes when the cancer cells have spread beyond the place of its origin. All types of cancer can metastasize but it depends on a number of factors. Metastatic cancer can occur in three ways:

  • They can grow into the tissue that is surrounding the tumor.
  • The cancer cells can travel through the bloodstream to other locations
  • It can also travel via the lymph system to other lymph nodes.
  • Recent studies have suggested that in the case of lung cancer, it spreads through the airways of the lungs and is known as aerogenous metastasis.

What are the most common sites of metastatic cancer? 

Cancer has a higher risk of metastasizing in the brain, lungs, bones, and liver. It can also happen in the adrenaline glands, lymph nodes, skin, and other organs. At times, metastatic cancer does not necessarily spread from a known primary source; in that case, it is considered CUPS (cancer of unknown primary source).

How to identify metastatic cancer? 

Metastatic cancer can definitely be identified only through a series of tests run by doctors. But is it possible to identify some abnormal health symptoms at home?

Well, in the case of metastatic cancer there is usually minimal or no symptoms at all.

  • You might have a headache, dizziness, difficulty in speaking, vision problems, and confusion if the tumor has metastasized in the brain.
  • For bone metastasis, there is usually no pain at all. But if your bone breaks without a reason, you can consider that as a first sign and visit a doctor soon. Also if you have severe back pain accompanied by numbness in legs and no control over bladder and bowel movement, your doctor must screen you immediately for cancer.
  • Lung cancer metastasis has hardly any symptoms or very common symptoms that are overlooked. A nagging cough, chest pain, shortness of breath or coughing up blood.

You must, therefore, go for regular health checkups and screenings to ensure you are free from any diseases and illnesses. It is important to raise an awareness of the importance of preventive health checkups on a regular basis.

We, at HealthFolks, wishes Sonali Bendre all the best in her life adventure and a very speedy recovery. 

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