Oncology

Overview

Cancer is the broad categorical name for more than 100 related diseases that can affect every part of the body. In all types of cancer, the genetic material of a cell – the DNA – can become damaged and produce mutations that affect cell growth and division. Healthy cells grow and divide to replace old cells that become damaged and die. When mutated cancer cells begin growing, they do not die as a normal cell would. This uncontrolled cell growth may form a mass of tissue called a tumor, which may be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). Many cancers, not including cancers of the blood, form masses. Cancerous tumors are malignant because they have the ability to invade nearby tissues, which allows them to grow. Some cancer cells can break off and travel through blood or the lymph system and form new tumors.  Once these tumors are removed, they can grow back.

As a specialty pharmacy, US Bioservices dispenses therapies to treat many types of cancer, including:  

Breast cancerNon-small cell lung cancer
LeukemiaRenal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer)
LymphomaProstate cancer
Multiple myelomaSkin cancer

Facts about cancer:

  • Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease
  • The main categories of cancer are carcinoma, sarcoma, leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, and myeloma
  • Approximately 40% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
  • Cancer incidence rates are higher among men than women
  • Most people are diagnosed between ages 65 and 74
  • The three most common cancers among women are breast cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer
  • The three most common cancers among men are prostate cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer