Good overview of cancer basics.
Cancer – the ‘C word’ in far too many of our lives. Wherever you are, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to avoid the news reports and personal stories about people fighting against cancer. Understanding how the disease occurs and how it takes hold over the body is key for developing effective new treatments and managing patients in the clinic, and so huge amounts of money are invested in cancer research every year. But what actually is cancer and how does it develop?
Many people often think of cancer as unwanted growth – which is exactly right. Cancer is a disease of cell growth and division, where cells continue to grow and divide in an uncontrolled and indefinite manner. In solid tumours, the growing mass can be seen or felt as lumps and masses, whereas with non-solid cancers like leukaemia the cells aren’t in a single mass but are instead spread…
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