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DIAGRAM: Constructed Cartography

Spread of Cancer

This cartoon represents the fact that places throughout the body to which cancer cells metastasize likely have no relationship to physical distance between body organs.  The human body shown here is distorted based on where cancer is likely to recur so that in effect the human body is reorganized with organs that are close together bearing similar likelihoods of recurrence.  We might call this the cancer cell’s “view” of our body.  For example, the cancer cells in this cartoon view the Brain and the Heart as being close together, demonstrating that those organs share similar susceptibility to the recurrence of these particular cancer cells.  The distorted body demonstrates that cancer cells do not metastasis based on physical locations of organs, in which case the body would not be distorted at all.