A Baltimore Sun, October, 20, 2013 online news article, UM researchers takes a new view in understanding metastatic breast cancer reports an expanded understanding of how breast cancer may metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. (See the video for a short explanation of metastatic breast cancer)
An important quote about the University of Maryland School of Medicine research, ‘Martin's research findings hint that traditional cancer treatments to shrink tumors may not only fail to treat metastasis, but exacerbate it by scattering cancer cells through the body.’ This view has been one of the clarion calls of many holistic, integrative or alternative health advocates and practitioners - that conventional* cancer treatments may be causing more cancer and ultimately the demise of the cancer patient.
It is way past the time of ignoring or shunning any potential correlations or reasons which may lead to ending breast cancer whether in prevention or metastasis. In the end, human beings are involved so whether medical or alternative, the oaths and goals are to do no harm, save lives and improve quality of life.
Since breast cancer metastasis research is generally underfunded when compared to prevention and early detection research, this novel research finding is encouraging for all breast cancer patients and especially the metastasis population.
*Note that this author refers to the medical model and related treatments as conventional and the holistic, complementary or alternative options as traditional whereas the author of the article used the word traditional for cancer medical treatments.