Florida Cancer Center

Cancer FAQ

What is cancer?

Cancer is a group of related diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these cells to invade other tissues, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis.

What is metastasis?

Metastasis is the process by which cancer spreads from it’s origin (primary tumor) to other places in the body, such as the brain, liver, lungs, etc.

What is a tumor?

Tumors or neoplasia are the abnormal growth of tissue.  This growth can be either malignant (cancerous) or benign (not cancerous).

What is remission?

There are two types of remission – complete and partial remission. Complete remission means that there are no signs or symptoms of cancer. This can mean the cancer has been cured, or cancer may still be present in the body. Partial remission refers to the point when few signs and symptoms of cancer remain, but there is a noticeable decrease of cancer cells.

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. It is an opportunity for patients to receive up-to-date care from experts. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. People who take part in cancer clinical trials also play an important role in the contribution to knowledge of, and progress against cancer.

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