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Cancer information

Cancer is a disease of the body's cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a controlled way, however, sometimes cells become abnormal and keep growing. Abnormal cells can form a mass called a tumour.

Cancer is the term used to describe collections of these cells, growing and potentially spreading within the body. As cancerous cells can arise from almost any type of tissue cell, cancer refers to about 100 different diseases.

Cancer can affect most parts of our body.  The types of cancer can involve the organs of the body, the bones, the skin and the blood.

Your cancer may only require monitoring or surveillance where the specialist will review your health as needed.

Some cancers are removed by surgery and others require surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.  Since the year 2000, new discoveries have included another class of treatments called immunotherapies which have increased treatment options dramatically.

Some of the patients we treat in Central Queensland Cancer Care centres have cancers that are not curable.  These treatments are offered for the purpose of disease control, shrinking the tumours and relief of symptoms through our Palliative Care Specialist team.

Early diagnosis of cancer increases the chance of successful treatment.
Early diagnosis improves cancer outcomes by providing care at the earliest possible stage.

Last updated: 3 June 2021