What Is Cancer?

Sue Hatfield-APNWhat is Cancer?

Simply stated, cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases.

Cancer can be treated in four primary ways: surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and radiation therapy; your cancer may require only one method of treatment or may require all four. Cancer therapy is planned based on many different factors including the specific type of cancer, extent of the disease, age of the patient, etc., but is always planned with for specific patient. The treatment that you receive will be planned specifically for you based on all of your medical information.

Our goal throughout this website is to provide credible resources for you to read and learn from. What Is Cancer? from the National Cancer Institute, at the National Institute of Health provides in-depth information on this subject.

Understanding Cancer is accessible from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network at http://www.nccn.com/understanding-cancer.html

Information about specific types of cancer and other cancer topics can be found at the website for the National Cancer Institute: http://www.cancer.gov/

Information about cancer and patient-centered support can be located from the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org/
All three websites are very credible and have a wide variety of information for cancer patients, families and caregivers.