Diagnosis And Treatment Of Cancer

1844 Words Oct 10th, 2016 8 Pages
Cancer is very large throughout the U.S. and Canada, it is said that one and a half million people will receive a new diagnosis of cancer each year (Ignatavicius & Workman, 2013).Many years back a diagnosis of cancer had a very poor outcome and you were basically considered dead. Technology and research have been focusing on cancer, and how to prevent it. This paper will review the diagnosis of cancer as well as the staging of cancer, as well as possible treatment options and side effects related and how to deal with the psychological burden that cancer patients deal with.

Diagnosis and Staging of Cancer The body consists of millions of tissues and cells that are grown from conception to adulthood. Cancer cells are cells that are not normal and have the capability of infinite replication, they are harmful to the normal cells and serve no benefit to the body (Ignatavicius & Workman, 2013).Cancer cells are also defined as malignant cells; they tend to start in one spot which is called the primary location. They may break from the primary location and spread to other locations to establish more colonies. When the cancer spreads it is known as metastasis. There are several tests that are needed to be done prior to confirming a cancer diagnosis. Depending on the cancer suspected, different tests may be done. It is very common to take a biopsy of the infected area and wait for pathologists to evaluate the specimen. Blood work is also very important for…
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