How does the formation of a tumor occur?
In general, tumors occur when cells divide and grow excessively in the body. Normally, the body controls cell growth and division. New cells are created to replace older ones or to perform new functions.
What is a tumor in biology?
An abnormal mass of tissue that forms when cells grow and divide more than they should or do not die when they should. Tumors may be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer).
What is the main cause of tumors?
A number of forces can cause gene mutations, such as smoking, radiation, viruses, cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens), obesity, hormones, chronic inflammation and a lack of exercise.
Can tumors Be Cured?
Treatment. There are no cures for any kinds of cancer, but there are treatments that may cure you. Many people are treated for cancer, live out the rest of their life, and die of other causes. Many others are treated for cancer and still die from it, although treatment may give them more time: even years or decades.
How does a tumor feel?
The way a tumor feels depends on its size, location, type, stage, and other factors. A cancerous lump in the breast, for example, tends to feel firm or solid and might be fixed to underlying tissue. Such lumps are often painless but do produce pain in a small percentage of patients.
Are tumors painful?
Compression. As a tumor grows it can compress adjacent nerves and organs, resulting in pain. If a tumor spreads to the spine, it can cause pain by pressing on the nerves of the spinal cord (spinal cord compression).
What makes a tumor benign?
Benign tumors are those that stay in their primary location without invading other sites of the body. They do not spread to local structures or to distant parts of the body. Benign tumors tend to grow slowly and have distinct borders. Benign tumors are not usually problematic.
What causes cells to become cancerous?
Conclusion. Cancer is unchecked cell growth. Mutations in genes can cause cancer by accelerating cell division rates or inhibiting normal controls on the system, such as cell cycle arrest or programmed cell death. As a mass of cancerous cells grows, it can develop into a tumor.
How do doctors do chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is most often given as an infusion into a vein (intravenously). The drugs can be given by inserting a tube with a needle into a vein in your arm or into a device in a vein in your chest. Chemotherapy pills. Some chemotherapy drugs can be taken in pill or capsule form.