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    Cancer

    Which preposition is better?

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    Re: Cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Which preposition is better?
    I chosed "to". Which one is correct? I am confused.

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    Re: Cancer

    I chose "to" also.

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    Re: Cancer

    Having done a few translations in the area, I think they mean slightly different things. Normal metastasis "to" the liver might occur through the lymphatic system. But on the other hand, if a tumour was adjacent to the liver, it might metastatize into the liver, i.e. across a membrane.

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    Re: Cancer

    I agree with kon. The only point I'd make is that local invasion is not called metastasis. For example, Basal Cell Carcinomas (a type of skin cancer) do not metastasize, but they can locally invade and destroy underlying tissues. Metastasis requires that cancer cells break off, and are seeded to other areas, so that metastases are not co-extensive with the primary tumour.

    "Metastasis, or metastatic disease, is the spread of a cancer or disease from one organ or part to another not directly connected with it.
    "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metastasis
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    Re: Cancer

    Which one is appropriate here?

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    Re: Cancer

    I will explain which preposition would be the best to use. The best would be "to" and not "into" because "into" would be like the cancer is a going to get inside the liver and infect it but just from inside, and "to" would be like the cancer is spreading to the enire organ not just inside. In conclusion the preposition "to" would be more formal to use in this case.

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    Re: Cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Vargas1002 View Post
    I will explain which preposition would be the best to use. The best would be "to" and not "into" because "into" would be like the cancer is a going to get inside the liver and infect it but just from inside, and "to" would be like the cancer is spreading to the enire organ not just inside. In conclusion the preposition "to" would be more formal to use in this case.
    Your conclusion is only valid if the situation is that "cancer is spreading to the enire organ not just inside". If the clinical situation is that "the cancer is a going to get inside the liver and infect it but just from inside", then "into" is correct.
    Basically, your argument is:
    1. If the clinical condition is X, then 'to' is right.
    2. If the clinical condition is Y, then 'into' is right.
    Conclusion: Therefore, 'to' is correct and more formal.

    There is a missing premise.

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    Re: Cancer

    And missing logic.

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    Re: Cancer

    To me they mean almost the same.

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