DEFINING ‘METASTASES’ – A NEW THEORETICAL VIEWPOINT!!

UNDERSTANDING METASTASIS: 

Cancer, is it or does it become a systemic disease??  

Let’s firstly look at the American National Cancer Insitute’s definition of Metastasis:

The spread of cancer cells from the place where they first formed to another part of the body. In metastasis, cancer cells break away from the original (primary) tumor, travel through the blood or lymph system, and form a new tumor in other organs or tissues of the body.’    

Metastases, being the spread of cancer cells throughout the body, makes cancer much more difficult to treat, and it unfortunately still remains one of the most poorly understood areas of cancer research!!

If cancer is a metabolic disease, then with the same environment existing systemically throughout the body, then surely cancer has the ability to take hold at any site or any part of the body without the need for it to spread!!??

So let’s explore the current definition of how cancer takes hold in one particular part of the body and then spreads, being ‘cancer seeds/cells move and spread to other fertile ground and a new cancer site is formed’, being the current definition of Metastases.  However, cancer cells exist throughout the body and whilst the body is in a state of homeostasis, these cells are kept in check by an intact and well functioning immune and cellular communications system.

I would however, like to propose my own theory around the definition of Metastases, which I feel could have some relevance, due to the underlying cause in many cases, being shown to be an ‘unaddressed systemic issue’.  Thus being:  “Deregulated Cancer Cells ‘ERUPTING’ in other parts of the body, either simultaneously or at any other given time, with varying degrees of growth and proliferation, in part due to an underlying systemic imbalance!!”

Perhaps both indeed can occur, leaving the definition of ‘Metastases’, for the moment I feel, in limbo!!??  Let’s leave this one for the scientists to ponder and hopefully one day we may have a much deeper understanding of this invasive and often devastating side of cancer!!

Environmentally, for cancer to begin to develop, the body must be in a ‘distressed state‘, creating symptoms that urgently need addressing.  Some of these underlying, yet insidious systemic imbalances could hypothetically include:

  • High Acidity / Low Alkaline
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Low Oxygen
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Toxic overload
  • Suppressed Immune System

If the conditions are right and the brakes, via ‘cellular communication‘, are switched off , this then leaves ‘cancer stem cells‘ (CSC), by definition, ‘deregulated‘, allowing them to become ‘immortal‘.  This then gives CSC free reign to proliferate by mass producing new ‘daughter cells‘ which invade surrounding tissue and growing uncontrollably. The end result is for cancer cells to Metastasize either by ‘spreading to‘ or  theoretically ‘erupting simultaneously‘ in other parts of the body.

Posted: 28/12/16 – Author: D.Blanch

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