“Tumor Heterogeneity” (TH) is a phrase that often comes up in discussions with my medical team and with researchers as we all attempt to understand and anticipate the behavior of the cancer cells. From some of my discussions with other patients on social media, there does seem to be a lot of confusion about this phrase and I’ve not always been clear on its meaning or implications myself. And so I’ve taken some time to delve into the definition and why it impacts our treatment for Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). I’ve linked some articles below for anyone to read more and if I’ve not explained well, please feel free to ask questions.
Let’s start with the more unfamiliar work, “heterogenous:”
Heterogenous (adjective) means: “Diverse in character or content.”
The way I remember this is to think of being heterosexual means that there is a male and a…
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