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I've Just Been Diagnosed With Cancer - Now What?

In this tense and confusing time, this resource center will help you get the information you need

Cancer Diagnosis Resource Center

Informed by other patients who have been through this process themselves, this page is a repository of information and resources to help you understand your options and take important first steps after a cancer diagnosis.


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Cancer is when the cells in your body multiply at an unnaturally high rate. These cancerous cells can cause a tumor to form or can spread to other parts of your body.



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Cancer Resource Center

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma begins in the milk ducts of the breast and then spreads to surrounding breast tissue.


Adenocarcinoma starts in the cells responsible for making healthy mucus in your lungs. It usually begins on the edges of the lungs and spreads.

Small Cell Lung Cancer

Small Cell Lung Cancer starts in the tissues of your lungs and grows and spreads to other parts of the body more so than other lung cancers.

Colorectal Adenocarcinoma (Colon)

Colon cancer starts at the cells that line the inside of the colon- epithelial cells. This cancer starts at the innermost layer of the colon then spread to the outer layers.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma starts underneath your top layer of skin. This top layer is called the epidermis. Bumps form on the skin and this cancer is often found on places on the body that are exposed to the sun and rarely spreads to other parts of the body.

Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma starts in your B-cells, which are a type of white blood cells that help fight infection in your body. This cancer grows in lymph nodes in your body, which hold B-cells, and is a fast-growing cancer. 

Endometrioid Cancer

Endometrioid Cancer begins in the lining of the uterus, the endometrium. This cancer can grow and spread to nearby organs.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Acute Myeloid Leukemia begins in the blood marrow. Bone marrow is the softer insides of your bones that make new blood cells. This cancer causes there to be too many immature white blood cells in the blood and makes it harder for your body to make the correct blood cells. This cancer spreads to other parts of the body quickly.

Papillary Carcinoma

Papillary Carcinoma forms in the follicular cells located in your thyroid gland. Your follicular cells make important hormones in your body. This type of cancer grows slowly.


Melanoma starts in your melanocytes- these are cells located on the upper layer of your skin. This cancer usually grows on the surface of your skin for a bit then spreads deeper into the skin.


Cholangiocarcinoma is a cancer that forms in the small tubes called bile ducts located in your liver. This is a rare form of cancer and can grow and spread to other parts of the body.



Invasive Lobular Carcinoma

Invasive Lobular Carcinoma originates in the milk glands (lobules) of the breast and can the breast tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma starts in the squamous cells- these cells line the inside of your lungs. It usually begins in the center of your left or right lung.

Prostatic Adenocarcinoma

Prostatic Adenocarcinoma starts in the gland cells of a male's prostate. This type of cancer more often grows slowly within the body.

Colorectal Adenocarcinoma (Rectum)

Rectum cancer starts at the cells that line the inside of the rectum- epithelial cells. This cancer starts at your rectum, which is the last few inches of your colon and can spread further into your digestive system.

Urothelial Carcinoma

Urothelial Carcinoma starts in your urothelial cells that line your bladder. The cancer cells can grow and multiply out of control and form a tumor and spread to other parts of the body.

Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer)

Renal Cell Carcinoma begins in the renal tubules of your kidney, which filter blood and makes urine. This cancer can spread to other parts of the kidney and other parts of the body.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia begins in your white blood cells called lymphocytes which are located inside of your bone. This cancer does not spread quickly, but can eventually get into your blood and spread to other organs.

Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma begins in the exocrine cells, which most of the pancreas is made up of. This cancer can grow within the pancreas to form a tumor or spread to other parts of the body.

Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Hepatocellular Carcinoma begins in your hepatocyte cells, which are the main types of cells in your liver. This cancer can spread in your liver leading to improper liver function.


Astrocytomas are tumors that start in your astrocyte cells, which are cells in your central nervous system. Astrocytomas can form in your brain or other parts of your central nervous system such as your brain stem.

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