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Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma originates in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system which serves the primary purpose of fighting infection within the body. In Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma the cancer originates in the lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are a particular type of white blood cell that fight infections within the body. About the lymphatic system – The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes where a fluid called “lymph” circulates. Lymph flows in the lymphatic system the same way that blood circulates in the circulatory system, except much more slowly. The human body has about 600 lymph…Continue readingNon-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the uncontrolled growth and division of cells in the prostate gland. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, second only to skin cancer. Prostate cancer typically grows slowly and usually does not grow outside the confines of the prostate gland itself. There are more aggressive forms of prostate cancer that could grow more quickly and metastasize outside of the prostate gland, however these are more rare. As men age they develop a higher probability of developing prostate cancer. The size of the prostate also typically continues to grow as men age, and is…Continue readingProstate Cancer

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Breast Cancer

As the name suggests, breast cancer is an abnormal and rapid division of cells within the breast. Contrary to popular belief, breast cancer is not just limited to women, as men can suffer from this type of cancer as well (albeit less frequent). After skin cancer breast cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in women. Breast cancer most often begins within the milk producing ducts of the breast, this is called invasive ductal carcinoma. Breast cancer can spread from your breast to the lymphatic system or to other parts of your body through a process called metastasis. Types of…Continue readingBreast Cancer

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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is also known as lung carcinoma. Like other cancers, lung cancer is characterized by uncontrolled cell division. As the name suggests, lung cancer starts in the lung tissue. Also like other cancers this cancer growth can spread to other parts of the body in a process called metastasis. Lung cancers that originate in the lung are called primary lung cancers, and they are for the most part carcinomas. There are 2 main types of lung cancers, small cell lung carcinomas and non small cell lung carcinomas. Small Cell Lung Carcinoma Small cell lung cancer accounts for approximately 15%…Continue readingLung Cancer

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Colorectal Cancer

As the name suggests, colorectal cancer refers to cancer of the colon and/or rectum. The colon is the last 5 feet of the large intestine before the rectum and the rectum is the last 5-6 inches which starts at the colon and ends at the anus. Colorectal cancers can be subdivided into either colon or rectal cancers depending on the where they start. Colorectal cancers typically start with growths on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. These growths are called polyps. Polyps can turn into cancer, but not all polyps become cancerous. There are 2 main types of…Continue readingColorectal Cancer