The Many Types of Cancer

What is cancer? Simply put, it is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in your body. These abnormal cells crowd your normal cells, making it difficult for your body to function as it should. Eventually, those abnormal cells can form into big masses, called tumors. These tumors can either be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).

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Tumors: Benign vs. Malignant

The word “cancer” itself refers to malignant tumors. As the more dangerous of the two tumor types, malignant tumors multiply before penetrating and harming your body’s tissues, leading to serious health issues and possibly premature death. Receiving regular medical checkups is incredibly important, so that potential malignancies can be spotted and treated as early as possible.

Unlike malignant tumors, benign tumors will not invade neighboring tissues, but they also can grow in size and cause health problems. Eventually, a benign tumor may press against vital structures in your body, including your nerves and blood vessels. In these cases, benign tumors will require treatment.

Types of Cancer

Cancer specialist talking with patient about her results

Each type of cancer merits a different form of treatment. Depending on the type you have, the oncologists at Regional Cancer Care Associates will recommend the most effective plan for you. But for all patients, our goal is to prevent the spread of cancer. To do this, our staff is expert in a wide range of cancer types, including:

Comprehensive Cancer Care from Regional Cancer Care Associates

For more information about these different types of cancer or to make an appointment, contact us today. You can also visit one of our convenient locations throughout Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey for speedy, compassionate care.