Imagine getting that dreadful call from your father that your mother was diagnosed with breast cancer or your mother crying over the phone that your father has prostate cancer. You like to just go there and take care of the situation. They are going thru chemo and radiation and their already fragile body can't take it anymore. But you can't devote your entire life as much as you would like to.

More than one million people in the United States get cancer each year. Whether you have cancer or are close to someone who does, understanding what to expect can help you cope.

In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. Not all tumors are cancerous. Benign tumors do not grow uncontrollably, do not invade neighboring tissues, and do not spread throughout the body. There are over 200 different known cancers that afflict humans.

Cancer can be detected in a number of ways, including the presence of certain signs and symptoms, screening tests, or medical imaging. Once a possible cancer is detected it is diagnosed by microscopic examination of a tissue sample. Cancer is usually treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. The chances of surviving the disease vary greatly by the type and location of the cancer and the extent of disease at the start of treatment.

Our care givers are specialized in providing comforts to cancer patients and our affiliation with various cancer groups helps us stay in close touch with the new techniques available to help the patients.

For more information on cancer please visit Cancer Resource group.

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