Understanding Cancer

Cancer is a term used for a disease that occurs when cells in the body grow in an abnormal, uncontrolled way. There are over 100 different types of cancer.


What is cancer?

Cancer is a term used for a disease that occurs when cells in the body grow in an abnormal and uncontrolled way and have the ability to spread to other parts of the body. The uncontrolled growth of cells causes a lump called a tumour to form. Tumours can be benign or malignant. Benign tumours usually grow slowly and do not spread to other parts of the body.

Benign tumours only become a problem if they grow very large taking up space and affecting the way the body works. Malignant tumours are made up of cancer cells. They are usually faster growing and can destroy tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

Resources to help you and your loved ones navigate a cancer diagnosis

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember all the details, or time consuming and stressful to find the additional information you’re looking for.

In addition to the cancer care information on our website, our Understanding Cancer resources are a selection of resources to help you take the next step, and navigate this difficult time. We hope you find these resources helpful in gaining a better understanding of a cancer diagnosis.

Download our Understanding Cancer Guide here

 

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells.
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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is the use of radiation to safely treat and manage cancer.
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Allied Health

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