There’s Power in Knowledge
Cancer impacts the lives of millions each year. As a complex and widespread disease, there are many different types and much to learn about the basics, causes and treatments. We are here to help educate you on your specific type of cancer in order to arm you with knowledge and hope during a phase of life met with much apprehension and uncertainty.
Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
Gastrointestinal cancer refers to malignant conditions of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) and accessory organs of digestion, including the esophagus, stomach, biliary system, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus.
Lung cancer starts in the cells that make up the lungs. The lungs are sponge-like organs in your chest and their job is to bring oxygen into the body and get rid of carbon dioxide. Lung cancers are typically treated with some combination of surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
Breast cancer occurs when some breast cells begin to grow abnormally. These cells divide more rapidly than healthy cells do and continue to accumulate, forming a lump or mass. Cells may spread (metastasize) through your breast to your lymph nodes or other parts of your body.
Head and Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancers are a broad category of cancers that occur in the head and neck region. Treatment depends on the type, location and size of your cancer and often involves surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Common blood disorders include anemia, bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, blood clots, and blood cancers such as leukemia (chronic and acute), lymphoma, and myeloma.
The thyroid, which plays an integral role in regulating your metabolism, is a butterfly-shaped gland in front of the neck. If thyroid cells begin to grow out of control, they can form small lumps or nodules. About 5% of nodules are cancerous.
There are several support groups available at ThedaCare for cancer patients and survivors, both for people dealing with specific cancers like ovarian or breast, or cancer in general. Ask your doctor or nurse for additional information and meeting times.