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Your type of treatment depends on the type of cancer you have and where it is.
Just like us, words come in all different sizes! Some times it’s hard to remember them all, here’s a list of some you might have heard your family or doctor say, this is what they mean.
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A small sample of your blood is taken to see how many red and white cells and platelets you have (a blood count), or to check how other systems in your body (like your liver) are doing.
A tiny piece of the cancer tumour is taken out and examined under a microscope. This is done either with a needle (a needle biopsy) or during a small operation while you are under anaesthetic (an open biopsy).
Bone marrow is a spongy tissue found in the centre of some of your bones and it is the "factory" where your blood cells are made. Under an anaesthetic, a special needle is used to remove a sample of the marrow for testing.
You may have had one of these before. An x ray can help doctors examine your tummy area, chest and bones.
Doctors use this scan to look at the soft tissues in your body. You'll need to lie very still for this one but it doesn't hurt or take too long.
This scan turns sound waves into pictures of your heart and tummy area.
This scan is like the CT but very noisy. It doesn't hurt and can take a bit longer than the CT scan so the nurses may give you a sedative which will make you sleepy and help you keep still during the scan.
We know things are scary right now. Something you never imagined would happen has come into your life and now it feels like you're on board a roller coaster. There are ups and arounds, turns and even a few upside downs and they take you by surprise because you can't always tell what's coming next.
So it's OK to feel sad, frightened and angry and you might feel all of these things and more, all at once, or one at a time. That's normal.
You might be worried about how your diagnosis will affect your family and friends too.
And there are a lot of new words to do with cancer, some you may never have heard before and that can be hard.
The important thing to remember is you are not alone. A lot of people are getting ready to take this journey with you, to help and care for you and support your family as well.
Our bodies are made up of cells... billions and billions of them. They all do different jobs and behave in different ways.
Think of a cell as a building block with a set of instructions inside. These instructions tell the cell what to do. Some cells are told to group together and make organs, like our liver. These are Liver Cells. Others are instructed to make bone... and these are called Bone Cells. It’s the same with skin, muscle, our brains... everything!
The cells carry out their instructions by dividing to make exact copies of themselves. This is known as cell division. One cell becomes two, two cells become four, four become eight and so on. This is known as cell reproduction. When we’re young, our cells reproduce quickly because we are growing.
The body contains over 200 different types of cells and usually they all divide and reproduce properly according to their instructions.
But sometimes a cell won't follow all of the instructions and divides "abnormally". This means that it cannot carry out the job of building a healthy body so usually these "abnormal cells" will self-destruct.
But sometimes they don't. They keep dividing, making more copies of themselves and this is called cancer. Because there are over 200 different cell types, there are over 200 different forms of cancer.
Billions of copies of the abnormal cell can group together to form a solid lump and this is called a tumour.
Tumours grow in parts of the body where they are not wanted, like on the bone or in the brain and sometimes, cells can break away from the tumour and start growing in another part of the body. This is known as a secondary tumour.
Your blood is made up of cells too. Sometimes a faulty cell can reproduce and become a cancer of the blood. These are called leukaemias or lymphomas.