Cancer

If you’re worried about cancer or worried you might have something that might be cancer, you can still contact your GP online or by phone. #HelpUsHelpYou http://www.nhs.uk/cancer

Cancer is a scary word. The more informed you are, the less scary it could be.

Cancer can be present in any part of the body and have many different names.

The NHS website has some great information and links about cancer.

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs.

Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other areas. This process is known as metastasis.

1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. In the UK, the 4 most common types of cancer are:

Currently we are highlighting awareness of ovarian cancer – follow this link to find out more about Ovarian Cancer.

There are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each is diagnosed and treated in a particular way. Click on this link to find our more information about other types of cancer.

There are various symptoms that can be attributed to cancer but can equally be prevalent for other conditions such as tiredness, bloating, passing urine more often – sometimes you may find blood in your urine or poo – but not always and not always indicative of cancer – but you should always contact your GP to investigate further.

If you find a lump or start passing urine more often, find blood in urine or poo or anything you feel is out of the ordinary for you – your first port of call is to contact your GP, if the GP thinks it is necessary you can be fast-tracked to the hospital for further investigation. If the results confirm cancer your care is usually continued with the consultant at the hospital. The consultant does keep your GP informed at each stage and if you have any concerns or queries along the way your GP may be able to help.

If you do get the news that you have cancer – you are not alone. There are organisations that can help you with your concerns, care, finance, etc

MacMillan Cancer Support

Cancer Information Support Centre – Northampton General Hospital

Maggie’s Northampton (coming soon – see website for details)

Marie Curie

There’s loads of information on the above websites that can inform and provide help for many scenarios