What is it? Glioblastoma is a very aggressive type of brain cancer. The symptoms often get worse quickly, and they can include things like headache, personality changes, and nausea. About 15% of brain tumors are glioblastomas. Unfortunately it is very hard to treat, and the average length of survival after diagnosis is only 12-15 months with 3%-5%… Continue reading What happens in glioblastoma, exactly?
What is it? Hepatitis B is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. It can cause both acute and chronic infections, and it affects the liver. Most people have no symptoms when they first become infected, but some experience things like vomiting, a yellowish skin, tiredness, and stomach pain. The vast majority of infants… Continue reading What happens in hepatitis B, exactly?
What is it? Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects a type of white cells called lymphocytes. Typical symptoms include a painless enlargement of one or many lymph nodes, fever, sweating at night, and loosing weight. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is most common in young adults and those over 55. It affects around 2.7 people in… Continue reading What happens in Hodgkin’s lymphoma, exactly?
What is it? Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer that affects the pancreas. The pancreas is a glandular organ near the stomach. Before nutrients can be absorbed from our food our body has to break them down. The pancreas produces digestive enzymes that do this, and releases them to the small intestine. The pancreas… Continue reading What happens in pancreatic cancer, exactly?
What is it? Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of your own cells, and in lung cancer this growth causes tumors to form in your lungs. It can spread to other parts of the body. Typical symptoms include coughing, loosing weight, being short of breath, and chest pain. Every year there are around 1.8 million new cases… Continue reading What happens in lung cancer, exactly?
What is it? Breast cancer is a cancer of the breast tissue. Most commonly it occurs in the cells associated with milk ducts. Cancer is characterized by the abnormal and uncontrollable growth of cells at the cost of the body’s other ones, and breast cancer is no exception to this. Breast cancer is very common.… Continue reading What happens in breast cancer, exactly?
What is it? Multiple myeloma, often known simply as myeloma, is a type of cancer that affects immune cells called plasma cells. Cancer is caused by a mutation in the genetic material of the cell. While most mutations are harmless, some can, for example, make the cell unresponsive to any messages the rest of the body tries… Continue reading What happens in myeloma, exactly?