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What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease of the cells, which are the body’s basic building blocks. The body constantly makes new cells to help us grow, replace worn-out tissue and heal injuries. Normally, cells multiply and die in an orderly way.

Sometimes cells don’t grow, divide and die in the usual way. This may cause blood or lymph fluid in the body to become abnormal, or form a lump called a tumour. A tumour can be benign or malignant.

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Cancer Types

Cancer is a disease of the cells, which are the body’s basic building blocks. View all cancer types

Treatments

Understand more about treatments that you may undertake. Find your local treatment centre in metropolitan and regional Victoria. View all treatments

Advanced cancer

Thursday 1 December 2016
Find out more about advanced cancer including what it is, how it is treated, what might happen and what support is available. Read more

Children, teens and young adults

Tuesday 25 March 2014
Understand more about when cancer is diagnosed in children, teen and young adults and how to manage the needs of the child, family, friends and community. Read more

Genetics & risk

Understand more about the role genetics has in cancer risk and how to find out more if you are concerned about a family history of cancer. Read more

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