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What is Cancer?

Cancer is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases in which cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start because abnormal cells grow out of control. Untreated cancers can cause serious illness and even death. Click here for Cancer Basics.

Recommended Treatment:

The American Cancer Society has some general information about the types of treatments used against cancer. This includes both traditional therapies (such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy), newer forms of treatment (including information on clinical trials), and complementary and alternative therapies. They also discuss the possible side effects of these treatments. Read more.

Research Articles:

US Cancer Survivors Grows to Nearly 12 Million

“…The authors note that the increase in number of cancer survivors is due to many factors, including a growing aging population, early detection, improved diagnostic methods, more effective treatment, and improved clinical follow-up after treatment…” Read full article.

News and Updates:

Researchers Make Discoveries in Fight against Pancreatic Cancer

November 3, 2011

By Stacy Simon

New discoveries are giving researchers hope about the future of detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer, one of the most difficult cancers to find early and treat effectively. During the past 10 years, the American Cancer Society has invested more than $60 million in more than 150 research studies into the prevention, early detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer. Read More.


Caregiving Resources:

Find a nursing home, assisted living, or hospice; check your eligibility for benefits; get resources for long-distance caregiving; review legal issues; and find support for caregivers using this comprehensive list from USA.gov.

CDC Caregivers Resources