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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
    Last edited by Raymott; 19-Jul-2015 at 02:30.

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    Re: Cancer

    Which one is appropriate here?

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