Cancer is a common yet serious disease that has touched millions of people all over the world. With various forms of cancer that can appear for a variety of reasons, almost everyone knows at least one person who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Cancer does not care about the age of the individual, what area of the world he or she lives in, or what their social status is. Cancer can affect anyone, but there are preventative measures an individual can take to reduce their chance of developing cancer.
Just as cancer does not care who the individual it attacks is, it is not picky about the body part it makes its home in. Cancer can appear in hundreds of different forms, at various stages, and in almost any part of the body. Because it is characterized by an abnormal growth of cells, cancer can develop in our skin, lungs, colons, glands, and breasts, just to name a few.
Other types of cancer include brain cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, Leukemia, and prostate cancer. Depending on the area that cancer grows in, some forms of cancer are more serious than others. But how serious the diagnosis is also depending on the stage in which the cancer has grown to before it is located. Regardless of the type of cancer, it can be more easily removed or treated if it is caught early.
The most common forms of cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Surgery can be used before a diagnosis is even given to remove part of the affected tissue for testing. Surgery may also be needed to see how far the cancer has spread and if it has reached other areas of the body. Surgery can also be used to remove cancer if the cancer is confined to an area that can easily be removed from the body.
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses medicines to kill off the cancer in the body. In the event that the cancer is continuing to grow or spread, chemotherapy may be used with the goal of slowing or stopping the process. Finally, chemotherapy may also be used to ease pain or side effects from a cancer that cannot be removed or stopped. When chemotherapy is used in this way, it is usually to restore the quality of life when cancer has reached an advanced stage.
Radiation is another form of cancer treatment that uses radiation to destroy the abnormal cancer cells. Other forms of cancer treatments include targeted therapy, which can cause less damage to healthy cells, and immunotherapy, which supports the body’s immune system to fight off cancer. Cancer sufferers may also choose to supplement their treatment with holistic remedies, such as eating a whole foods diet and engaging in wellness practices such as meditation.
Cancer can be a scary time for the individual diagnosed but also for friends and family members. When everyone understands the treatment process, they can be more at ease and hopeful for a full recovery.