Category Archives for Cancer

Lung Cancer Symptoms

Lung cancer is a chronic and life-threatening disease that is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells in any part of the lungs. If the condition is not treated immediately, the cancer cells may invade and spread to the other parts of the body, which is referred by medical practitioners as metastasis. The early diagnosis of this health condition is very significant to enhance the quality of life of patients. In addition to this, it is also important that patients consult with medical...

What Causes Brain Tumors?

A brain tumor is defined as an abnormal growth of cells within the brain or inside the skull. The growth can be benign or malignant. It is further defined as any intracranial tumor created by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division, normally either in the brain itself, in the cranial nerves, in the brain envelopes (meninges), skull, pituitary and pineal gland, or spread from cancers primarily located in other organs (metastatic tumors). The brain is a soft spongy mass of tissue that is protected...

Brain Tumor Symptoms

Brain tumor is a very difficult disease marked by severe pain. It is caused by the abnormal cell growth inside the skull or somewhere within the brain. It affects not only adults, but also children, teenagers and even infants. Some of the tumors affecting kids below two years of age are low-grade glioma, ependymoma and medulloblastoma. In infants, the most common tumors of the brain are atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor and teratoma. In order to determine the impact of this chronic disease, knowing...

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Ovarian cancer is one of the life threatening and chronic illnesses characterized by the development and spreading of cancer cells in the various parts of the ovary. Cancer cells may arise from egg cells as well as the epithelium. The symptoms of this disease are not specific and localized, which cause diagnostic delays. Physicians usually categorize the illness based on tumor histology. The classifications include germ cell tumor, surface epithelial-stromal tumor, sex cord-stromal tumor as well...

Hodgkin’s Disease / Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

What is Hodgkin’s Disease / Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Hodgkin’s disease, which is now referred to as Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the immune system of the human body. There are two types of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: classical Hodgkin’s Lymphoma nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin’s Lymphoma The immune system in our bodies is of pivotal importance because it is this system that fights and ward off infections and diseases. When this is affected, the...

What Causes Lung Cancer?

The lung is an essential organ in the body’s respiratory system. We have two lungs nested inside our ribcage. Each lung is conical in shape and they rest on top of the diaphragm (the area that separates our lungs from our digestive system). The left lung is a little smaller than the right because the heart tilts slightly toward it. Each lung is made up of muscular tissues, bronchus, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels and other nerve endings. The main function of the lungs is to take in oxygen from...

Lung Cancer Treatment

Lung cancer treatment can come in the form of radiation therapy, removal of the cancer via surgery or chemotherapy. Combination of these treatments is also possible. The treatment to be given will depend on the diagnosis of the attending medical specialist. This will be based on the severity of the tumor and the health of the patent. Surgery Removing the tumor is possible during stage 1 or stage 2. If the cancer has not gone beyond the lung, surgery may be done. 10%-35% of lung cancers may be taken...