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Category: Types of Cancer

When cancer develops elsewhere in the body and spreads (metastasizes) to the brain, it’s called a secondary brain tumor, or metastatic brain cancer. Metastatic brain tumors are more common than primary brain tumors. Some cancers that commonly spread to the brain include lung, colon, kidney, and breast cancers. Causes & Symptoms of Brain Cancer Seizures, […]

Non-melanoma skin cancer is a malignant tumor that develops in the cells of the skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body. Its main function is to protect the body from infection and injury. It also helps to regulate temperature and rid the body of waste through the sweat glands. It stores fat […]

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system that begins in cells which are part of the body’s immune system. The knowledge of which type of lymphoma you have is crucial because it affects both treatment options and prognosis. These are two different diseases. Even though they are very similar in many ways, treatment protocols […]

Leukemia is a cancer of early blood-forming cells, most frequently of the white blood cells although some leukemias begin on other blood cell types. Leukemia can be described as fast-growing (acute) or slow growing (chronic). The different types of leukemia have varied outlooks and treatment options. There are 2 main types of acute leukemia: • […]

The uterus is a muscular, hollow, pear-shaped organ that is part of the female reproductive system. The uterus is where a baby develops when a woman is pregnant. The bottom of the uterus is called the cervix, which follows to the vagina. Sometimes cells will change or stop growing and lead to benign conditions like […]

The thyroid is a small gland that is part of the endocrine system. It is located below the larynx (voice box) at the front of the neck. It is made up of two lobes which sit on either side of the trachea (windpipe). The lobes are connected by tissue called the isthmus. The thyroid contains […]

The ovaries are two oval reproductive glands which are part of the female reproductive system. They sit on either side of the uterus and are close to the fallopian tubes. The primary function of the ovaries is to secrete and release eggs. They also create and secrete hormones including estrogen and progesterone. When ovarian cells […]

The mesothelium is a membrane that lines parts of the body including the abdomen and chest, along with most organs. The function of the mesothelium is to provide lubrication to allow organs to move against the neighboring tissue. There are different names for mesothelium depending on where it is in the body: • pleura – […]

Myeloma is a bone marrow cancer. It affects plasma cells in the bone marrow. As the cancerous plasma cells fill the bone marrow, you are not able to make enough normal blood cells. This can lead to anemia, bleeding problems, and infections. Other symptoms include bone pain, fractures due to bone damage, and kidney damage. Myeloma […]

The pancreas is a large, pear-shaped organ that is part of the digestive tract. It sits high in the abdomen, behind the stomach, and joins to the common bile duct. The main function of the pancreas is to create digestive juices that help to digest food. A secondary function of the pancreas is the secretion […]