What is cancer: How cancer develops and treatment options

http://youtu.be/Omfrwm3GHHw Cancer develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working. Old cells do not die and instead grow out of control, forming new, abnormal cells. Treatment options depend on the type of cancer, its stage, if the cancer has spread and your general health. The goal of treatment is to kill as many cancerous cells while reducing damage to normal cells nearby. Advances in technology make this possible. Watch the video and follow the transcript below to understand more about the development of cancer and treatment options. http://www.cancercenter.com/what-is-cancer/?invsrc=organic_social&utm_budget=corp&utm_channel=social&utm_site=youtube Video Transcript What is cancer? A disease that can develop anywhere in the body. Cancer cells ignore the body’s normal growth controls. They divide, forming new abnormal cells that grow out of control. These extra cells may form a mass of tissue, called a tumor. Some cancers, such as leukemia, do not form tumors. When cancer spreads to a new part of the body, the process is called metastasis. Thanks to scientific advances, treatments are improving. The three most common cancer treatments are: Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer drugs to slow growth, shrink or kill remaining cells. Surgery removes (or extracts) the tumor. Radiation therapy shrinks tumors and destroys cancer cells using radioactive substances or X-rays. The future of cancer treatment is promising. More targeted & precise assessments and treatments are becoming available, including: Genomic tumor assessment examines tumors at the cellular level, revealing molecular abnormalities to help identify more targeted treatments. Immunotherapy drugs stimulate the body’s immune system to recognize and kill cancer cells. Adding evidence-informed supportive therapies to cancer treatments may reduce interruptions between treatments due to illness or lack of strength and helps support the patient’s quality of life before, during, and after treatment. Learn more at http://www.cancercenter.com/what-is-cancer/?invsrc=organic_social&utm_budget=corp&utm_channel=social&utm_site=youtube