Cancer begins in the cells which are the basic building blocks that make up tissue. Tissue is found through out the body. Sometimes, the process of cell growth goes wrong and new cells form when they are not needed and other old or damaged cells do not die as they should. This build up of cells many times forms a mass of tissue called a growth or tumor or can circulate through tissues via blood and blood-forming organs.
Most people with cancer will have only one primary treatment for their cancer. But usually, there is a combination of treatments. The types of treatment will depend on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and confused. But, talking with your doctor and learning all you can about all the options, including clinical trials, can help you make a good decision.
A series of cycles of treatment is called a course. A treatment course often takes between 3 to 6 months but it can be more or less than that. During that time, you would probably have between 4 to 8 cycles of treatment.
Some doctors use the term “cured” when referring to cancer that doesn’t come back within 5 years. But cancer can still come back, so it’s never truly cured. There is no true cure for any cancer. But new advances are helping move us closer than ever to a true cure.
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