Cancer Vocabulary

benign tumor
A mass of abnormal cells that remains at the site of origin.
cancer cells
Cells that don't have a properly functioning cell-cycle system; instead, they divide excessively.
Cancer that originates in one of the coverings of the body, such as the skin or the lining of the intestinal tract.
Cancers of the tissues that form white blood cells.
malignant tumor
A cancerous tumor that is invasive enough to impair functions of one or more organs
The spread of cancer cells to locations distant from their original site.
radiation therapy
Cancer treatment where cancerous tumors are exposed to high-energy radiation to disrupt cell division of the cancer cells.
Cancers that arise in tissues that support the body, such as bone and muscle.