To understand what are cancer cells we should understand how they work.
Our bodies are made of up trillions of healthy cells which are responsible for all the body’s functions. However, healthy cells can turn into cancer cells sometimes referred to as abnormal cells. When there are many cancer cells then cancer becomes detectable in the body.
These cancer cells do not function like healthy cells. They disrupt the body’s functioning.
How does cancer start?
How do Cancer Cells Grow?
Cancer cells, like normal cells, multiply. The problem is that cancer cells multiplying grows and spreads more and more harmful cells in the body. Normal cells replicate as required but cancer cells appear not to follow the normal process. That is they may grow and divide uncontrollably.
How does Cancer Treatment work on Cancer Cells?
Cancer deteriorates our immune system. To treat cancer, we need to ‘kill’ the cancer cells. There are different methods that we can use to destroy cancer cells. Some treatments are more aggressive than the others. Depending on the stage, state and type of cancer, cancer treatments are chosen. Read our full blog here.
Can Cancer Cells Spread to Other Parts of the Body?
Yes. A term called metastatic is used when cancer spreads to multiple organs. Doctors often do genetic tests to see if there is a high risk for secondary cancers. For example, breast cancer patients may develop a secondary lung cancer. Or vice-versa.