Cancer and Homeostasis

Cancer and Homeostasis


This lesson will identify what causes cancer, how your immune system attempts to fight cancer and various treatments of cancer. This lesson will also investigate the affect cancer has on the body's ability to maintain homeostasis.

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  • Apoptosis

    Self destruction of cells brought on by cytotoxic T cells.

  • NK Cells (Natural Killer Cells)

    Lymphocytes which help kill abnormal cells of the body including cancerous cells.

  • Cancer

    A condition caused by the uncontrolled division of cells.

  • Chemotherapy

    A form of treatment for cancer patients in which chemicals are used to try to kill cancerous cells.

  • Radiation Therapy

    A form of treatment for cancer patients in which radiation is used to try to kill cancerous cells.

  • Oncogene

    A gene that does not respond to the normal signals for cell division.

  • Tumor Suppressor Gene

    A gene that acts to stop or slow abnormal cell growth.

  • Metastasis

    The spreading of cancerous cells from one site in the body to another.

  • Tumor

    A mass of abnormal cells formed from the uncontrolled division of cells in the area.

  • Angiogenin

    A substance secreted by cancerous cells that encourages blood vessels to grow around the tumor to provide necessary oxygen and nutrients for growth.

  • Carcinogen

    A substance that can cause cancer.