Category Archives for Cancer

Childhood Leukemia Symptoms

The most common type of leukemia that affects children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a severe medical problem marked by excessive lymphoblasts due to white blood cell cancer. The common victims of this particular type of disease are children within the age range of 4 to 12 years old. Factors that may increase the risk of this serious medical problem include genetic disorders, exposure to radiation and cancer therapy. For a better understanding of this disease, here is a quick take on the different...

Leukemia Symptoms

Although its cause is still being debated, there are symptoms of the disease you can recognize. One may experience some or all of them. Leukemia Signs One indication is a feeling of chronic weakness regardless of physical activity. This is coupled with inexplicable weight loss. In some cases the weight loss may be extensive. One may become suddenly prone to viral infections. Susceptibility to bacterial diseases will be apparent. Other signs are frequent headaches and some skin rash. The skin will...

Symptoms of Lymphoma

Unlike other cancers, the cure rate is quite high for this health condition. The key is recognizing the symptoms early. Lymphoma Signs Some of the most common symptoms are weight loss coupled with increased sweating in the evenings. Itching is experienced and there is pain after drinking alcohol. The sensation is felt where the lymph node has grown. As the lymph node grows, it affects other organs. Nerves are pinched resulting in loss of muscle control. Other major signs include kidney failure and...

Liver Cancer Treatment

Liver cancer treatment depends on the cancer stage as well as the health status of the patient. Treatments aim to get rid of the cancer. If that is no longer possible, the goal will be to prevent its growth or relieve the symptoms. Surgery Partial hepatectomy is a process that removes cancer from the liver. Some healthy tissues are taken out as well. Surgery is possible if the liver is in good condition and the tumor is still small. Cryoablation Cryoablation utilizes cold to eliminate the cancer...

What Causes Cancer?

Cancer is defined as “any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; more simply put “cancer begins when cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control”. Cancer cells originate from damage to DNA; damaged DNA can be inherited or caused from other factors such as smoking. Damaged DNA can be repaired or the affected cells die, however, there are cases when the damaged cell does not die but continues to regenerate resulting in more damaged cells. Cancer...

Cancer Causes and Symptoms

This health condition does not refer to one disease, but a group of ailments that affect various parts of the body. While there are nearly one hundred different types, they share some common minor and major symptoms. These may manifest early or later on. Cancer Signs The earliest warning sign is pain in the body that refuses to go away. Next, warts or moles may change color. In some cases, the shape may change too. As the condition worsens, sores will refuse to heal. Sore throat develops and there...

Cancer Treatment

There are a lot of options when it comes to cancer treatment and management. Some of the options are radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, surgery, and monoclonal antibody therapy among others. The type of treatment to be used depends on the stage of the disease and the grade and location of the tumor. Another thing that a physician will also consider is the patient’s general health. Radiation Therapy This type of cancer treatment is also known as radiation oncology or radiotherapy. This...

What Causes Colon Cancer?

The National Institute of Cancer (NIC) in the US defines colon cancer as “cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine)”. NIC states that most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). Colon cancer is also called colorectal cancer or large bowel cancer which is cancer that starts in either the colon or the rectum. Colon cancer is the third commonest form of cancer and third leading cause...