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Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Cancers that begin in cells of the lymph system are referred to as malignant lymphomas. The lymph system includes the spleen, thymus, tonsils, bone marrow, lymph nodes and circulating white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes and the lymph system are part of the immune system that protects the body from disease and infection. Cancers of […]

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells. Plasma cells are a special type of white blood cell that are part of the body’s immune system. Plasma cells normally live in the bone marrow and make proteins, called antibodies, that circulate in the blood and help fight certain types of infections. Plasma cells also play […]

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of diseases marked by abnormal production of blood cells by the bone marrow. Healthy bone marrow produces immature blood cells—called blasts—that then develop into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. MDS disrupts this normal process so that the bone marrow is overactive, producing many immature cells. These […]

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of diseases marked by abnormal production of blood cells by the bone marrow. Healthy bone marrow produces immature blood cells—called blasts—that then develop into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. MDS disrupts this normal process so that the bone marrow is overactive, producing many immature cells. These […]

Melanoma

Melanoma

Malignant melanoma is predominantly a disease of the skin, but may in rare instances occur at other sites, including the mucous membranes (vulva, vagina, lip, throat, esophagus and perianal region), as well as in the eye (uvea and retina). Melanoma arises from melanocytes, which are cells located in the upper layer of the skin that […]

Melanoma

Melanoma

Malignant melanoma is predominantly a disease of the skin, but may in rare instances occur at other sites, including the mucous membranes (vulva, vagina, lip, throat, esophagus and perianal region), as well as in the eye (uvea and retina). Melanoma arises from melanocytes, which are cells located in the upper layer of the skin that […]

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the No.1 killer among all types of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that lung cancer will account for about 15% of all new cancer cases in 2010, but will cause nearly 30% of all cancer deaths. Over the past three decades, little improvement has been achieved in extending lung […]

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the No.1 killer among all types of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that lung cancer will account for about 15% of all new cancer cases in 2010, but will cause nearly 30% of all cancer deaths. Over the past three decades, little improvement has been achieved in extending lung […]

Head and Neck Cancers

Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers originate in the throat, larynx (voice box), pharynx, salivary glands, or oral cavity (lip, mouth, tongue). In 1999, there were 500,000 cases of head and neck cancers worldwide. Most head and neck cancers involve squamous cells, which are cells that line the mouth, throat, or other structures. Also, these cancers are […]

Gastric Cancer

Gastric Cancer

The stomach is the primary organ of digestion. Food passes through the esophagus into the stomach at the level of the diaphragm, which is the breathing muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest. The stomach extends from the diaphragm to the duodenum, which is the first portion of the small intestine. Cancer of the […]

Gastric Cancer

Gastric Cancer

The stomach is the primary organ of digestion. Food passes through the esophagus into the stomach at the level of the diaphragm, which is the breathing muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest. The stomach extends from the diaphragm to the duodenum, which is the first portion of the small intestine. Cancer of the […]

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer

The esophagus is the muscular tube that conveys food from the back of the throat to the stomach. It is located in the chest behind the sternum and the trachea, the main breathing tube leading to the lungs. The esophagus joins the stomach at the diaphragm, which is the breathing muscle separating the chest and […]