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Doctors use many tests to diagnose cancer and determine which treatments may be the most effective. Some of the diagnostic tests that are used include imaging tests, surgical tests, and blood tests.
It is estimated that one-third of deaths from cancer can be prevented. Learn about ways to prevent and lower your risk of cancer, including information about chemoprevention, cancer screening, diet and nutrition, physical activity, tobacco, and weight control, based on information from the ASCO Curriculum Cancer Prevention.
Genetics is the study of how traits and diseases are inherited from one generation to the next. This section provides information on genetics and cancer, genetic testing, and genetic information for individual cancer types.
Overall, the treatment of cancer depends on the size and location of the tumor, whether the cancer has spread, and the person's health. The most common cancer treatments are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Information on clinical trials and patient safety, steps involved in the research process, questions to ask the research team, and links to find cancer clinical trials.
Find information, tools, and resources to help patients manage the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis. Includes information on 2010 health reform law.
Weekly articles designed to provide in-depth information on topics of interest, as well as practical information on cancer care and treatment.
Full-color illustrations of common sites where cancer occurs, organized by cancer type, including a version that can be downloaded and printed on an 8.5" x 11" page. The gallery includes both anatomical illustrations and illustrations of the cancers by stage.
This section provides definitions of common terms used in cancer care and links to online medical dictionaries.