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Archive for the ‘Cancer Facts’ Category

Cancer is a malignant tumor or swelling composed of abnormal cells capable of undergoing uncontrolled proliferation.

Unlike benign swellings, cancerous cells generally tend to invade surrounding tissues and sometimes metastasize (break off and spread) to distant body tissues via the bloodstream or lymphatic system.

Cancers result when there is a disruption to the normal process of cell division.

Body cells are continuously undergoing cell division, albeit in a controlled manner to replace aging and dead cells.

However, a fault or mutation sometimes occurs during this process.

Cancer is a life-threatening killer disease.

A diagnosis of cancer to a family member or close relative turns the entire family circle upside down and puts them into a state of depression.

It is a long-term disease and the chances of survival are very poor.

But thanks to the advancement in the field of medicine, scientists have come up with rewarding solutions to cure or prolong the killer disease.

But still, the family circle and the core family grieve during the whole process.

CLASSIFICATION OF GRIEF:

  1. Physical grief: includes sleepless nights or poor appetites or some illness

One of the scariest things to ever happen in one’s life is to be diagnosed with any type of cancer.

Things will be a lot more depressing than normal if the doctor told you that you have been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

What Does a Diagnosis of Terminal Cancer really Mean?

The most important thing you need to understand is that terminal cancer doesn’t mean the end of everything; some things can be done to cope up with the said disease.

One may wonder when they are diagnosed with terminal cancer, what it is, or what it can do.

We have come a long way with cancer and if you ask someone if progress has been made on the war with cancer many will say yes!

For decades there have been changes and adjustments to cancer-related issues and even though there has been a great amount of progress made many feel we have a long way to go with plenty of ground to cover.

Many people have died from cancer but at the same time, we are seeing more survivors and more people living longer after being diagnosed.

A tumor is a mass of tissue that’s formed by an accumulation of abnormal cells.

Normally, the cells in your body age, die and are replaced by new cells. With cancer and other tumors, something disrupts this cycle.

There are two basic types of tumors.

One type of tumor is non-cancerous and referred to as benign. The other type is cancerous and referred to as malignant.

Generally speaking, a tumor is caused by body tissues that grow to form an abnormal mass.

This abnormal growth is initiated by abnormally regulated or unbalanced cell division.

Cancer is a chronic disease, but acute emergency complications (e.g. spinal cord compression, superior vena cava syndrome, malignant effusions) or generalized systemic effects (e.g. hypercalcemia, opportunistic infections, disseminated intravascular coagulation, hyperuricemia) may occur as a consequence of the local invasion of cancer.

Essentials of Diagnosis

* Back pain is the most common presenting symptom.

* Prompt diagnosis is essential because once a severe neurologic deficit develops, it is generally irreversible.

* Emergent treatment may prevent or potentially reverse paresis ( a condition typified by a weakness of voluntary movement, or by partial loss of voluntary movement) or by impaired movement and urinary and bowel incontinence.

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