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My Second Treatment of Chemo:
White Blood Count cell is good. Going to be starting my second Chemo treatment today. Thanks for all your continued thoughts and Prayer’s Looking forward to getting all these done to beat this. All the nurses love my shirt at the Cancer Center 😃
I'm going to write this blog for everyone to know what is cancer and what can you do to be aware of the signs.
What You Need to Know about cancer:
Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. These contrast with benign tumors, which do not spread. Possible signs and symptoms include a lump, abnormal bleeding, prolonged cough, unexplained weight loss, and a change in bowel movements. While these symptoms may indicate cancer, they may have other causes. Over 100 types of cancers affect humans.
Tobacco use is the cause of about 22% of cancer deaths. Another 10% is due to obesity, a poor diet, lack of physical activity, and excessive drinking of alcohol. Other factors include certain infections, exposure to ionizing radiation and environmental pollutants. In the developing world, 15% of cancers are due to infections such as Helicobacter pylori, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, human papillomavirus infection, Epstein–Barr virus, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These factors act, at least partly, by changing the genes of a cell. Typically, many genetic changes are required before cancer develops. Approximately 5–10% of cancers are due to inherited genetic defects from a person's parents. Cancer can be detected by certain signs and symptoms or screening tests. It is then typically further investigated by medical imaging and confirmed by biopsy.
Many cancers can be prevented by not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, not drinking too much alcohol, eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and avoiding too much processed and red meat. Early detection through screening is useful for cervical and colorectal cancer. The benefits of screening in breast cancer are controversial. Cancer is often treated with some combination of radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. Pain and symptom management are an important part of care. Palliative care is particularly important in people with advanced disease. The chance of survival depends on the type of cancer and extent of disease at the start of treatment.
In children under 15 at diagnosis, the five-year survival rate in the developed world is on average 80%. For cancer in the United States, the average five-year survival rate is 66%. In children under 15 at diagnosis, the most common types of cancer are acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (32%), brain tumors (26%), and lymphoma (14%). In adults, the most common types of cancer are breast cancer (25%), lung cancer (13%), and colorectal cancer (10%). In 2020, about 9.5 million people died from cancer.
Cancer is a major cause of death worldwide. It is estimated that one in four people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. The risk of developing cancer increases with age. However, cancer can occur at any age.
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for cancer. The type of treatment that is best for you will depend on the type of cancer you have, the stage of your cancer, and your overall health.
Some common types of cancer treatment include:
- Surgery: Surgery is used to remove the cancer tumor.
- Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to kill cancer cells.
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells.
- Targeted therapy: Targeted therapy uses drugs to target specific molecules on cancer cells.
- Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy uses the body's own immune system to fight cancer cells.
In some cases, you may receive more than one type of treatment. For example, you may have surgery to remove the tumor, followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells.
Cancer treatment can have side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, and diarrhea. These side effects can vary depending on the type of treatment you receive.
It is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of cancer treatment. They can help you develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Cancer is a serious disease, but it is not always fatal. With early detection and treatment, many people can survive cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, there are many resources available to help you. Your doctor can refer you to a cancer center or other support services. There are also many online resources and support groups available.
You are not alone. There are many people who have been through what you are going through, and there are people who want to help.