Cancer occurs when cells grow uncontrollably. This uncontrolled growth crowds normal cells, making it difficult for the body to function as it should. Over time, the division of abnormal cells can form large masses called tumors. About two million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.
With more than 20 locations in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C., area, Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA) specializes in treating patients with a wide range of cancers. Learn more about the many types of cancer and why early detection is the most effective line of defense.
What is cancer? Simply put, it is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in your body. These abnormal cells crowd your normal cells, making it difficult for your body to function as it should. Eventually, those abnormal cells can form into big masses, called tumors.
Tumors are abnormal growths in the body. They can be either benign – meaning that they are not cancerous – or malignant, meaning that they are cancerous. While both types of tumors can cause harm by interfering with healthy tissues and bodily processes, malignant tumors are more dangerous. The danger they present arises in large part from their ability to metastasize, meaning to spread from their point of origin to nearby or even distant parts of the body, eventually causing life-threatening damage. Receiving regular medical checkups is crucial for the early detection and treatment of pre-cancerous conditions or actual cancers.
Unlike malignant tumors, benign tumors will not invade neighboring tissues, but they also can grow and cause health problems. Eventually, a benign tumor may press against vital structures in your body, such as nerves and blood vessels. In these cases, benign tumors will require treatment.
The optimal cancer treatment depends on the type of cancer a patient has, its location and stage, and the person’s overall health. The goal is to effectively treat the disease at its source or at least as early as possible, preventing it from spreading to other areas of the body. The highly experienced medical oncologists of Regional Cancer Care Associates offer personalized care plans for patients, recommending the most effective therapies to treat their conditions. Cancers treated by RCCA specialists include:
Our staff is expert in treating a wide range of cancer types, including:
Cancer can affect individuals no matter their, age, race, or gender. It is caused by changes to the DNA within cells and can occur almost anywhere in the body. Being aware of the different types of cancer can help patients remain proactive with screenings and early detection.
Patients in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C., area, can receive excellent care for cancer or blood disorders at more than 20 Regional Cancer Care Associates locations. RCCA’s board-certified oncologists specialize in treating the full range of solid tumors and cancers of the blood and lymphatic system. For more information regarding cancer care plans and treatment options, contact Regional Cancer Care Associates today.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (844) 346-7222. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.
Regional Cancer Care Associates is one of fewer than 200 medical practices in the country selected to participate in the Oncology Care Model (OCM); a recent Medicare initiative aimed at improving care coordination and access to and quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries undergoing chemotherapy treatment.