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Types of Cancer

Types of Cancer

Cancer classification is currently based on the cell of origin and type of tissue.

Carcinoma: Cancer that develops in the skin or in tissues that line or cover body organs. carcinoma may appear in breast, colon, liver, lung, pancreas, prostate or stomach.

Sarcoma: A type of cancer develops in bone or in the soft tissues of the body, including cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, fibrous tissue, or other connective or supportive tissue. Based on site different types of sarcoma -osteosarcoma (bone), liposarcoma (fat) and rhabdomyosarcoma (muscle) occurs in both adults and children.

Myeloma: Cancer of plasma cells, known as plasma cell myeloma and simply myeloma, appears in one type of white blood cell which normally produces antibodies.

Leukaemia: Cancer of the blood cells including red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs) and platelets. Generally it refers to cancers of the WBCs.

Lymphoma: Cancer which begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system called lymphocytes. Cells may appear in lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow and other parts of the body.

Two types of Lymphoma

  • Non-Hodgkin
  • Hodgkin lymphoma

Mixed Types: Cancer which develops in two different types of cell from one category or multiple categories.

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