Cancer is not a single disease with a single type of treatment.There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer,each with its own name and treatment.
This section provides an overview of what cancer is-for further information ,please see specific types or treatments.
WHAT IS CANCER?
Cancer is a disease that occurs when the cellsof the body multiply in an uncontrolled manner creating a lump called a tumor.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Early diagnosis can often make a difference to howeasily cancer is managed.There are some common signs and symptoms to be aware of.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
An overview of the six main types of treatment for cancer and brief explanation of what they mean.
TERMS AND STATISTICS
Your Doctors and Nurses may use words that you are not familiar with and statistics to explain how well something might work.
TYPES OF CANCER
There are many different types of cancer-most of them are carcinomas.More rarely,they might be leukemias,lymphomas,sarcomas or brain tumours.
WHO GETS CANCER?
One in three people will develop cancer during their lifetime-the risk increases with age.Some cancers are much more common than others.
WHY CANCERS COME BACK
Cancer may come back after treatmen twhich is known as a recurrence or secondary cancer depending on whetherit is in the same part of the body or not.
WHAT IS CANCER?
The organs and tissues of the body are made up of tiny building blocks called cells.Cancer is a disease of these cells.Cells of different parts of the body may look and work differently but most reproduce themselves in the same way.Cells are constantly becoming old and dying, and new cells are produced to replace them.Normally,cells divide in an orderly and controlled manner. If for some reason the process gets out of control,the cells carry on dividing,developing into a lump which is called a TUMOUR.