GET TO KNOW METASTATIC BREAST CAN­CER

Khaleej Times - - HEALTH MATTERS -

> Metastatic BREAST CAN­CER (mBC) is a form of breast can­cer that has spread to an­other part of the body, most com­monly the liver, brain, bones, or lungs.

> Can­cer cells can break away from the orig­i­nal tu­mour in the breast and travel to other parts of the body through the blood­stream or the lym­phatic sys­tem, which is a large net­work of nodes and ves­sels that work to re­move bac­te­ria, viruses, and cel­lu­lar waste prod­ucts.

> Breast can­cer can come back in an­other part of the body months or years after the orig­i­nal di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment.

> A wide va­ri­ety of treat­ment op­tions are avail­able and new medicines are be­ing tested every day. While metastatic breast can­cer may not go away com­pletely, a com­bi­na­tion of treat­ment may con­trol it for a num­ber of years.

Can­cer pa­tient hand­book

> An up­com­ing hand­book on metastatic can­cer by Pfizer an­swered a num­ber of ques­tions such as what to ex­pect from the treat­ment; how to cope with emo­tions; how to feel bet­ter in one’s body (in terms of nutri­tion, ex­er­cise, com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies, etc.); how to han­dle re­la­tion­ships (in terms of talk­ing to loved ones, keep­ing the di­ag­no­sis from tak­ing over a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship, how to talk to chil­dren about it); and how to man­age one’s work life and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, among oth­ers.

> It would be the first UAE mBC pa­tient hand­book, set to be re­leased be­fore the end of this year. It is en­dorsed by Friends of Can­cer Pa­tients and ap­proved by the Min­istry of Health and Pre­ven­tion.

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