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Cancer treatment

Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by abnormal or uncontrolled growth of a group of cells, resulting in interference, damage, and destruction to surrounding cells, tissues, and organs. When this uncontrolled growth and development of cells spreads to various other locations or parts of the body through lymph or blood it is referred to as metastatsis. Unlike tumors, cancers are not limited View more...
While it is not easy to establish why certain people suffer from cancer and others do not, scientific research and studies indicate that there are certain risk factors that put some people at a higher risk of developing cancer and these risk factors include: aging or growing old; family history of cancer or hereditary factors; hormonal imbalance; diet; alcohol/drug/tobacco abuse; mutations that fa View more...
Stop smoking, chewing tobacco; inhaling tobacco;
Decrease or limit consumption of alcohol;
Reduce intake of fat;
Exercise regularly;
Protection from direct sunlight, try and avoid peak radiation;
Get immunization against Hepatitis B; and human papillomavirus or HPV;
Routine mammography for women;
Vaccine against cervical cancer;
Regular tests and exams in people with a family history of ca View more...
Common Symptoms
A lump; external/internal growth; thickening in the breast or testicles;
Change in color of a skin tag; wart; mole;
Sore throat which refuses to heal;
Change in bowel movements or habits;
Persistent cough or blood in sputum;
Regular bouts of indigestion;
Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing;
Unusual vaginal bleeding/discharge;
Chronic fatigue with no signs of relief;
Loss of appetite; View more...
Rare Symptoms
Bone Pain: When cancer spreads to the bone, especially prostate cancer, pain and discomfort is experience in the bones of the pelvis; hips; and lower spine;
Blood in the urine or semen, especially in prostate cancer;
Pain or discomfort below the rib area on the right side and hoarse voice are rare symptoms of lung cancer;
Vomiting blood experienced in intestinal cancer.
Traditional Treatment
Radiation: Energy released in the form of electromagnetic waves helps destroy cancer cells;
Chemotherapy: Chemical agents are administered into the body which destroy cancer cells and prevent new cells from growing; Example Cisplatin; Taxol; Cytoxan; Xeloda Gemcitabine; 5-FU; 5-Fluorouracil; and Herceptin.
Surgery: Cancer cells that are localized can be surgical removed entirely via operations; View more...
Alternative Treatment
Helps provide relief from various pains, aches, discomfort, anxiety, and depression experienced by people suffering from cancer. Alternative treatments include:
Acupuncture; yoga and meditation; music therapy; hypnosis; massage therapy; exercise; aromatherapy; and biofeedback.
Herbal remedies: Herbal tonics, extracts, salves made using certain herbs help build immune system, dissolve tumor, and View more...
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Goody learned that she had cervical cancer while actually on camera during the Indian version of Big Brother.


Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the whip-smart CEO of Apple Inc., has been treated surgically for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor. But he tried alternative treatments first.


Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt won the Pulitzer Prize for his luminous memoir 'Angela's Ashes,' but his fight with melanoma has been complicated by meningitis.


Charlton Heston

Heston suffered from prostate cancer, pneumonia, and Alzhimer's disease.


Olivia Newton-John

Star of the movie musical Grease found out she had breast cancer at age 44. She used Eastern and Western techniques to battle the illness.


Christina Applegate

Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36, but was prepared for it because of her family history and a genetic test.


Kylie Minogue

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Edie Falco

The Sopranos star Edie Falco underwent chemotherapy during filming. She kept her illness a secret from the cast and crew to maintain strength.


Paul Allen

Co-founder of Microsoft recovered from Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1983, and was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2009.


Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Redgrave earned an OBE for her many services to drama, but she battled with bulimia and then breast cancer, too.


Michael Douglas

'Fatal Attraction' star Michael Douglas had a fatal attraction of his own-to cigarettes. And that may have led to the tumor in his throat that he's currently battling.

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