- a malignant and invasive growth or tumor, especially one originating in epithelium, tending to recur after excision and to metastasize to other sites.
- any disease characterized by such growths.
- the fourth sign of the zodiac: the cardinal water sign.
- a person born under this sign, usually between June 21 and July 22.
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LeBlanc considered herself lucky because no one in her family has had cancer.New Research Shows Disproportionate Rate of Coronavirus Deaths in Polluted Areas|by Lylla Younes, ProPublica, and Sara Sneath|September 11, 2020|ProPublica
Then you get down into patients who have established cardiac disease, who’ve got moderate to severe asthma, who have or have had cancer in the past, sickle-cell disease and things like that.Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 10, 2020|Freakonomics
A redesigned set for the coronavirus era will allow for the contestants to be further apart and at a greater distance from Trebek, who has continued as host after a diagnosis last year of pancreatic cancer.‘Jeopardy!’ is returning with a redesigned set—and a new role for Ken Jennings|radmarya|September 3, 2020|Fortune
As Boseman’s untimely death reminds us, colorectal cancer is a difficult and emotional disease for all people at any age.
Physicians also prescribe birth control to patients who would face health risks if they were to become pregnant, including women who suffer from cardiac disease or are undergoing some cancer treatments.USPS delays threaten women’s access to birth control|ehinchliffe|August 27, 2020|Fortune
After four or five months of casual interaction, they realized they both had lost a young parent to cancer.
A single father, he had been living abroad and returned when his mother was diagnosed with cancer.
Family members say he developed also liver cancer after his capture.
My father has suffered two strokes and endured brain cancer since I was arrested and imprisoned.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dean Sybil Todd passed away from pancreatic cancer before she could testify.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
(b) Diseases of the stomach associated with deficient hydrochloric acid, as chronic gastritis and gastric cancer.
To-day men of science are trying to conquer the horrors of cancer and smallpox, and rabies and consumption.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Since he died from cancer in the stomach, he could retain very little food.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The presence of lactic acid is the most suggestive single symptom of gastric cancer.
Considerable numbers of pus-corpuscles have been found in some cases of gastric cancer.
British Dictionary definitions for cancer (1 of 2)
Other words from cancerRelated prefix: carcino-
Derived forms of cancercancerous, adjectivecancerously, adverb
Word Origin for cancer
British Dictionary definitions for cancer (2 of 2)
noun Latin genitive Cancri (ˈkæŋkriː)
- Also called: the Crab the fourth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♋, having a cardinal water classification and ruled by the moon. The sun is in this sign between about June 21 and July 22
- Also called: Moonchild a person born during a period when the sun is in this sign
Medical definitions for cancer
Other words from cancercan′cer•ous (kăn′sər-əs) adj.
Scientific definitions for cancer (1 of 2)
A Closer Look
The human immune system often fights off stray cancer cells just as it does bacteria and viruses. However, when cancer cells establish themselves in the body with their own blood supply and begin replicating out of control, cancer becomes a threatening neoplasm, or tumor. It takes a minimum of one billion cancer cells for a neoplasm to be detectable by conventional radiology and physical examinations. Cancer, which represents more than 100 separate diseases, destroys tissues and organs through invasive growth in a particular part of the body and by metastasizing to distant tissues and organs through the bloodstream or lymph system. Heredity, lifestyle habits (such as smoking), and a person's exposure to certain viruses, toxic chemicals, and excessive radiation can trigger genetic changes that affect cell growth. The altered genes, or oncogenes, direct cells to multiply abnormally, thereby taking on the aggressive and destructive characteristics of cancer. Treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are effective with many cancers, but they also end up killing healthy cells. Gene therapy attempts to correct the faulty DNA that causes the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells. Researchers are investigating other treatments, such as immunotherapy (the stimulation of the body's natural defenses), vectorization (aiming chemicals specifically at cancer cells), and nanotechnology (targeting cancer cells with minute objects the size of atoms).
Scientific definitions for cancer (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for cancer
A disease characterized by rapid growth of cells in the body, often in the form of a tumor. Cancer is invasive — that is, it can spread to surrounding tissues. Although this disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, research has provided considerable insight into its many causes (which may include diet, viruses, or environmental factors) and options for treatment (which include radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, and possibly gene therapy).