What does stage 4 cancer mean?

Being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer may be one of the most complicated moments for a patient, however, this is not definitive.

The uncertainty of the word cancer is always accompanied by the fear of knowing in which phase or stage the disease has evolved into. It seems that the more advanced a stage is, less is the time that one has to treat the patient.

Here we'll tell you about the stages of cancer and what each one means, while also highlighting everything about stage 4 of this disease.

Generally speaking, most cancers have 4 stages.

Stage 1, also known as early-stage cancer, is cancer that has not significantly grown in nearby tissues. It also hasn't spread to lymph nodes or other areas of the body.

Generally speaking, in stage 2 and stage 3, cancer has grown deeply in nearby tissues and it is possible that it has spread only to the lymph nodes.

When a diagnosis says that the patient is in stage 4, this means that the cancer has spread to other organs or parts of the body. This stage is known as the advanced or metastatic stage.

Stage 4 Cancer

This phase, known as advanced, metastatic, or stage 4 cancer, is used to mainly refer to metastasis, but it is also used for other specific cases. For example, it can be used to describe huge cancers, even if they haven't spread to other parts of the body.

The word metastasis comes from Greek and it means "displacement" and it is applied when a cancerous focal point has spread to a different organ from the one it began in. Generally speaking, metastasis occurs through the blood or lymph nodes.

How it develops

In most cases, this develops when cancerous cells detach themselves from the main tumor and enter the patient's bloodstream or lymphatic system.

Both systems move fluids all across the body and this causes cancerous cells to move to places far away from where the first tumor originated. As such, new tumors are produced in new parts of the body.

Metastasis can also develop when cancerous cells from the main tumor detach themselves and grow in nearby places, such as the liver, lungs, or bones. It should be noted that every type of cancer is prone to metastasize.

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Stage 4 Symptoms

One of cancer's main dangers is that, generally speaking, there are no symptoms at first. Symptoms occur when the tumor has grown enough or has metastasized in other organs.

  • If the cancer has spread to the bones, the main symptoms are pain and fractures (broken bones).
  • If the cancer has spread to the brain, the main symptoms are headaches, seizures, and dizziness.
  • If the cancer has spread to the lungs, the main symptoms are fatigue and shortness of breath.
  • If the cancer has spread to the liver, the main symptoms are jaundice and swelling in the area of the belly.

Despite the gravity that this disease represents in each stage, this doesn't mean anything definitive for the patient. Immunity Therapy Center is located strategically in the city of Tijuana, a few minutes away from the San Ysidro Port of Entry, at Blvd. Padre Kino no. 10133, Zona Urbana Río, and a few meters away from the access to the Tijuana International Airport. It has a comprehensive program to treat several different types of cancer in all of its stages, including stage 4.

With specialists with seasoned experience on cancer treatments, ITC is a first-class option that combines the best of alternative and modern medicine.

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