This is taken from a Yahoo! search. You can also look up the American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
Most Popular Sites
- information on cancer causes, prevention, faqs, support, clinical trials, and much more. From University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center.
- shows you how to improve your odds by researching your options. Written by a cancer patient for cancer patients.
- provides news, clinical trials, live chat events, message boards, mailing lists, and support groups.
- offers cancer patients scientific medical information using The Cancer Profiler, an interactive information service that uses scientific studies the medical community publishes and applies that knowledge to a patient's own medical situation.
Ask NOAH About: Cancer http://www.noah.cuny.edu/cancer/cancer.html
Pandora asked how many different kinds of cancer there are. Don't be alarmed when I say "infinite." The reason I say this is the same reason it's so difficult to "cure" cancer -- the disease comes from within the cells that make up our body.
If two people have leukemia, for example, they both have blood-cell cancers. However, they may have different types of leukemia -- myleoblastic and leukocytic are two different types. These different varieties need to be treated differently as well.
Some cancers have been linked to outside influences -- for example, ovarian and uterine cancers were triggered by DES, a fertility drug distributed here in the US in the 1970s. Tar and other products, whether delivered from cigarettes or by repeated inhalation from other sources, can trigger lung cancer.
Cancer is actually no more than abnormal changes in cells and uncontrolled growth and/or spread of the mutated "cancerous" cells. Probably every human being has had "cancerous" cells in his or her body at some time, but the cells were successfully destroyed by our immune systems. When the growth overwhelms the immune system's ability to kill the mutated cells, you end up with a cancer disease.
The most common location for cancer is in the lung, but cancer can affect any one part of the body and can spread from the original location throughout the body depending on how aggressive it is.
Because there are different types of cancer, there are also different survival rates. For example, most (but not all) leukemias are "easy" to treat. (I use "" because anyone who goes through radiation and chemotherapy will tell you it's never easy.) Pancreatic cancer, on the other hand, is almost a sure death sentence. If a cancer has spread to other areas from the original tumour, survival rates drop.
My grandfather died of Acute Myleoblastic Leukemia, which is a relatively easy form of cancer to treat -- in a younger person, who seeks treatment at the onset of symptoms. I'm not blaming my grandfather for his own death, but he had been ill for nearly two months before he ended up taking an ambulance ride to the hospital, and he was sixty-three years old. He had also lost nearly 50 pounds before he sought treatment.
So cancer is still an enigma to the medical community even though we've learned so much about it in the last fifty years. There was once a time, during the 1950s, when "cancer" was a bad word and the disease wasn't spoken about. People thought it was a curse brought upon one's self for sins of the past. Now we know babies can even be born with it,
and survive; and people in the twilight of their lives can also beat it and live longer.
To me, and in my prayers for my cousin, cancer is an opportunity to gather one's strength and live life to its fullest. It reminds us of the fragile life we have and at the same time we can (in most cases) have hope for a renewed life once the battle is over. For those who do not survive, it is a reminder of our mortality and at the same time a reminder that life doesn't always go the way we expected it.
Sorry for the dissertation... I hope the links help.