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Queens Medical Centre

Opening hours Mon to Fri (8am to 6pm)

About Cancer

 

Understanding and Managing Cancer: A Guide for Adults

Cancer is a word that no one wants to hear, but understanding it is the first step towards effectively dealing with it. Here's what you need to know about cancer, why early detection is critical, and how it can be managed.

 

Cancer: What Is It?

Cancer is a group of diseases characterised by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. There are many types of cancer, including breast, lung, prostate, and colon cancer, each having unique symptoms, treatment options, and potential outcomes.

 

Importance of Early Detection

Detecting cancer early significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and survival. Some cancers can be found early through screening tests, even before they cause symptoms. Regular check-ups and being aware of changes in your body are crucial.

 

Diagnosing Cancer

Cancer diagnosis involves a thorough medical history, physical examination, and various tests. These tests may include imaging studies like CT scans or MRI, laboratory tests such as blood tests, and biopsies where a sample of tissue is examined under a microscope.

 

Managing Cancer

Cancer management varies depending on the type and stage of cancer, and the person's overall health. The main treatment strategies include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapies.

 

Surgery: Often used to remove the cancerous tumour.

 

Radiation Therapy: Uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.

 

Chemotherapy: Involves using drugs to kill cancer cells.

 

Immunotherapy: Helps your immune system fight cancer.

 

Targeted Therapy: Targets the specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival.

 

Living With Cancer

Living with cancer is challenging but possible with the right care and support. It's essential to maintain open communication with your healthcare team, understand your treatment plan, and manage side effects. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and emotional support can significantly improve quality of life during and after treatment.

 

Remember, cancer is not a death sentence. Many forms of cancer are now highly treatable, and survival rates continue to improve. Early detection, effective treatment, and a healthy lifestyle are key. We are here to support you in your cancer journey. If you have any concerns or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out.