About Cancer

If you’ve just learned about a cancer diagnosis, whether for yourself or for someone you care about, you probably have a lot of questions. What is cancer? How you get it? What are the most effective treatments?

These questions, and countless others, are to be expected. At St. Vincent Healthcare Frontier Cancer Center, we believe that asking them is the first step on the road to wellness for you or for a friend or family member. We’re here to answer them and provide the information needed to make the best decisions for the journey ahead.

  • So what is cancer? Also referred to as carcinoma or a malignancy, the term “cancer” simply means an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. This can occur in virtually any place in the body, including on the skin, in the bones or in organs such as the lung or colon.  
  • How do you get cancer? Each of us has a different risk of developing cancer; some are more likely due to their family or genetic history while others may work with toxins or otherwise lead lifestyles that increase risk. In many cases, we do not know why a particular patient develops cancer.
  • What are the best cancer treatments? Just as there are many types of patients and many types of cancer, there are also many types of treatments. Your oncologist is the person who will share information about the treatments that best treat the type of cancer you have, your overall health and other factors. The important thing is that treatment begins as soon as possible to deliver the best possible outcome.   

We invite you to learn more about the most common types of cancer, signs and symptoms of cancer and how cancer is diagnosed.