Metastasis is a scary word whether we are talking about humans or dogs. It can be completely overwhelming to hear from your veterinarian.
What is Canine Cancer Metastasis?
Metastasis occurs when cancer spreads from its original site to other parts of the body through the blood stream or lymphatic system. The cancerous cells spread and form new tumors that are composed of the original cancerous cells. For example, if breast cancer metastasizes into the lungs, the tumor in the lungs will be made up of cancerous breast cells.
When cancer metastasizes, the prognosis immediately becomes a great deal worse. Once cancer has metastasized, curing the animal is no longer an option in most cases, only treatment is.
Where Does Dog Cancer Metastasize?
The bones, liver, brain, and adrenal glands are common sites for metastasis in the later stages of cancers. As the cancerous cells are spreading to foreign organs with different properties and attributes, it is difficult for them to survive unless the target organ has some similarities. Here are some very typical metastasis paths:
- Prostate cancer usually metastasizes in the bones.
- Colon cancer typically metastasizes in the liver.
- Breast cancer typically spreads to the bone tissue.
- Malignant melanoma usually metastasizes in the brain.
How Can I Stop Dog Cancer Metastasis?
Catching cancer before it metastasizes is crucial for a better prognosis. Preventing cancer, finding it, treating it, and even curing it are in your hands when it comes to your pet. Your dog simply cannot do these things on his or her own.
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