September 1, 2009

On Breast Cancer...

We usually hear and read from news about people dying, suffering and surviving this co called CANCER- a life threatening disease. By the way this is a class of diseases in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth (division beyond the normal limits), invasion (intrusion on and destruction of adjacent tissues), and sometimes metastasis (spread to other locations in the body via lymph or blood). These three malignant properties of cancers differentiate them from benign tumors, which are self-limited, and do not invade or metastasize. Most cancers form a tumor but some, like leukemia, do not. This affect people at all ages, even fetuses, but the risk for most varieties increases with age.

Just recently my cousin’s family was grieving because of her mother’s death caused by Cancer. It was indeed so painful for her daughters to accept the fact that their mother will just have limited time here on earth because of the breast cancer stages that is already critical. The time when the doctor checked her up it was already a metastatic breast cancer and they have nothing to do with. Too bad!

If only they could turn back time they have detected it so early and it that sense they will be able to have a breast cancer treatment. I have read the site about Herceptin – is approved for the adjuvant treatment of HER2-overexpressing, node-positive or node-negative (ER/PR-negative or with one high-risk feature)† breast cancer. It is also a as a single agent that is approved for treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer in patients who have received one or more chemotherapy regimens for metastatic disease.

But anyway, all things happened for a purpose!


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