Tumours can be formed by abnormally growing cells in any tissue. They are considered non-benign and cancer-causing if they have the potential to invade other parts of the body. These tumours are made up of many cancer cells and can be detected by medical imaging devices as lumps in the organs they originated from or where they metastasised (spread) to. If tumours are not removed, destroyed or controlled, they will result in the early death of the patient. Fortunately, nowadays we can successfully prevent this in many cases. If a cure is not possible, modern treatments can still prolong life and improve the quality of life for the vast majority of patients.
We, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, radiographers, medical physicists and biologists do our utmost to improve therapies and patient care every day.