Understanding

Cancer is not a single disease with a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment. This section provides an overview of what cancer is.

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What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease of our cells. Sometimes cells go wrong and become abnormal. These cancer cells keep dividing to make more and more abnormal cells.

Cancer and cell types

Cancers are grouped into types. Different types of cancer can behave and respond to treatments in different ways.

How is cancer treated?

There are five main types of cancer treatment. You may receive one treatment or a combination of treatments, depending on your cancer type.

Why do cancers come back?

Sometimes, cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. Over time, these cells can form a new tumour and the cancer comes back.