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Cancer: The Emperor of Maladies

Written by
Dr. Alok Vinod Kulkarni
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Jan 04, 2015 and last reviewed on Dec 26, 2018   -  6 min read

Abstract

Abstract

Carcinogenesis is a multi-step process. A plethora of factors are responsible for this process. This article throws light on the basic terminologies frequently used in the field of oncology. It also discusses the steps involved in the genesis of cancer and gives useful tips in preventing and combating this dreaded disease.

Cancer: The Emperor of Maladies

Cancer has been rightly called "The Emperor of Maladies". Hippocrates was the first to use the terms carcinos and carcinoma. In Greek, these words refer to a crab and more often than not, cancer cells have finger-like projections. It is wrongly assumed that cancer is known as the 'crab disease' because of its firm grip on the life of a patient.

Cancer Causing Cells:

Carcinogenesis:

Grading and Staging of Cancer:

Treatment of Cancer:

Treatment in cancer has come a long way.

Side Effects of Chemotherapy:

Psycho-oncology:

A similar but more refined approach is used by therapists in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Other psychological interventions include hypnotherapy, talk therapy and family therapy. Each of these therapies needs to be individualised as there is no one-size-fits-all treatment.

Effects of Cancer in an Individual:

Prevention of Cancer:

All said and done, given all the advances in medical science to detect cancer early, cancer can still be a curse. It may and it will escape early detection in a vast majority of cases. This is because, we are still at a nascent stage to map every possible mutation. Cancer, after all, is a permutation and combination of mutations. I came, I become a mutant, and I conquered, is what the cancer cells seem to be crying hoarse. Hope is something that helps everyone to look at a better future. And hope is necessary in doleful amounts in tiding over a cancer crisis.

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