Cancer

Neck Dissection

What is a Neck Dissection and Why is it Performed? Neck dissection is usually performed to remove cancer that has spread to lymph nodes in the neck. Lymph nodes are small bean shaped glands scattered throughout the body that filter and process lymph fluid from other organs. The immune cells in the lymph nodes help…

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Lymph Nodes and Cancer

What is the lymph system? Lymph Nodes and Cancer Our bodies have a network of lymph vessels and lymph nodes. (Lymph is pronounced limf.) This network is a part of the body’s immune system. It collects fluid, waste material, and other things (like viruses and bacteria) that are in the body tissues, outside the bloodstream.…

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How fast does cancer spread?

Cancer Progression How Quickly Cancer Spreads Our bodies are made up trillions of cells. Normally, new cells replace old or damaged cells as they die off. Sometimes, a cell’s DNA becomes damaged. The immune system can generally control a small number of abnormal cells from further damage to our bodies. Cancer occurs when there are…

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What Is Nasopharyngeal Cancer?

What Is Nasopharyngeal Cancer? Nasopharyngeal cancer is a type of head and neck cancer. It starts in the nasopharynx, the upper part of the throat behind the nose and near the base of skull. Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer,…

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What is Cancer?

What is Cancer? At its heart, cancer is the result of uncontrolled cell growth. Our bodies are composed of trillions of cells, all working together. In cancer, one of those cells stops paying attention to the normal signals that tell cells to grow, stop growing or even to die. Cancer cells still share many of…

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