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Lung Cancer Overview (May 14, 2009)

Overview Lung cancer is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both of the lungs. The majority of lung cancers begin in the bronchial tubes that conduct air in and out of... Continue Reading

Leukemia Overview (March 19, 2009)

Overview Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells. There are many different types of leukemia, depending upon which specific blood cells are affected. Each leukemia has different disease characteristics... Continue Reading

Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (March 18, 2009)

Overview The following is a general overview of the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of primary liver cancer. Choice of treatment will depend on the extent and location of the... Continue Reading

Liver Cancer Screening/Prevention (March 18, 2009)

Overview Information about the prevention of cancer and the science of screening appropriate individuals at high risk of developing cancer is gaining interest. Physicians and individuals alike recognize... Continue Reading

Liver Cancer Overview (March 18, 2009)

Overview The liver is the largest organ inside of the body. It is located on the right side of the abdomen behind the ribs. The liver has many important functions, including:[1]  Removing harmful substances... Continue Reading

Uterine Cancer Overview (March 9, 2009)

Overview The uterus is the female reproductive organ where the unborn baby grows and develops until birth. This muscular organ is connected to the vagina by the cervix and contains entrances for the two... Continue Reading

Bladder Cancer Overview (October 19, 2008)

Overview The bladder is a hollow organ in the lower abdomen. Its primary function is to store urine, the waste that is produced when the kidneys filter the blood. Urine passes from the two kidneys into... Continue Reading

General Cancer Information (October 16, 2008)

General Cancer Information Cancer is not one disease, but many diseases that occur in different areas of the body. Each type of cancer is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of cells. Under normal... Continue Reading

Gastric Cancer Overview (February 20, 2008)

OVERVIEW The stomach is part of the digestive system. Food passes through the esophagus into the stomach at the level of the diaphragm, which is the breathing muscle that separates the abdomen from the... Continue Reading

Sarcoma Overview (September 28, 2006)

Sarcomas are a varied group of cancers arising from fibrous tissue, adipose tissue (fat cells), skeletal muscle, smooth muscle, blood vessels, lymph vessels, nervous tissue, mesenchymal cells, bone, and... Continue Reading

Brain Tumors: An Overview of Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment (June 27, 2006)

  Overview An abnormal growth of cells in the brain is called a brain tumor. Brain tumors may be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous). Suspicions of a brain tumor may first arise from abnormal... Continue Reading

Skin Cancer Overview (May 16, 2006)

More than one million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, making it the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer.[1] Overview of the Skin The skin is the largest organ... Continue Reading

Overview of Thyroid Cancer Stages (May 9, 2006)

Overview The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck and is attached to the lower part of the voice box (larynx) and to the upper part of the windpipe (trachea). It has two sides, or lobes, that... Continue Reading

Mesothelioma (May 26, 2004)

Overview Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an uncommon type of cancer that begins in the mesothelial cells of the pleura. The pleura is a thin membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the chest cavity.... Continue Reading

Testicular Cancer Overview (March 24, 2004)

Overview Testicular cancers are relatively rare but highly curable, and occur predominantly in young and middle aged males. Testicular cancers were among the first types of cancers to be cured by radiation... Continue Reading

Renal (Kidney) Cancer (March 23, 2004)

Overview The kidneys are organs that are responsible for eliminating waste material from the blood by making urine. The kidneys also produce hormones, which regulate blood pressure and control red blood... Continue Reading

Rectal Cancer Overview (March 23, 2004)

Overview The colon and rectum are parts of the body’s digestive system and together form a long, muscular tube called the large intestine. The colon is the first 6 feet of the large intestine and... Continue Reading

Prostate Cancer Overview (March 23, 2004)

Overview The prostate is a male sex gland responsible for producing fluid that forms semen. It is located below the bladder, in front of the rectum and surrounds the urethra. The prostate is divided into... Continue Reading

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