Cancer and Homeostasis

Cancer and Homeostasis

Author: Nathan Lampson

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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Terms to Know
  • Angiogenin

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

  • Apoptosis

    Self destruction of cells brought on by cytotoxic T cells.

  • Cancer

    A condition caused by the uncontrolled division of cells.

  • Carcinogen

    A substance that can cause cancer.

  • Chemotherapy

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

  • Metastasis

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

  • NK Cells (Natural Killer Cells)

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

  • Oncogene

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

  • Radiation Therapy

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

  • Tumor

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

  • Tumor Suppressor Gene

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