What You Need to Know About Cancer


Early detection and innovative treatment methods have led to a reduction in cancer deaths. It still affects millions of people around the globe and puts a strain on health systems and patients (Oliver, 1992; Blazeby, 2005). 

You should visit your doctor immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms. Some of them can be present for many months, or even years, before your doctor detects them. Some are never diagnosed. It’s important to take charge of your health by visiting your doctor annually for a physical and undergoing regular blood tests. Report any new or strange symptoms or signs.

Your doctor will explain the various treatment options available for it and which ones are best for you. Your doctor will consider the type of cancer, its stage, and your general health. These treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Chemotherapy, one of the most popular cancer treatments, involves using anticancer drugs in order to kill cancer cells that are growing rapidly. This will help you treat it, reduce pain, and prevent it from returning.

Radiation therapy is also called radiotherapy. It uses high-energy radiation to destroy or damage cancerous cells. Radiation therapy can be administered externally by a large machine placed outside of your body or internally with a small device that is placed near the affected area.

Surgery can be performed on almost any type of cancer to remove tumours or reduce their size, as well as ease cancer-related symptoms. It is often combined with other treatments, but certain cancers can be treated alone.

Immunotherapy can be used to control the side effects of some treatments or fight it. This is a relatively young field of medical science that shows promise in improving cancer survival. Meditation and visualisation are two techniques that aim to harness the power of the mind in the fight against cancer. These are part of a growing area of scientific study called psychoneuroimmunology, which focuses on the influence that thoughts and emotions have on the body’s ability to fight disease.