Jade Goody's Cervical Cancer Spotlights The Disease
The spokesperson of celebrity Big Brother star Jade Goody tells Reuters that Goody has been diagnosed with cervical cancer and according to AFP Goody quits India TV show after cervical cancer diagnosis.
AFP writes that "Goody apparently broke down in front of her fellow contestants on the show -- the Indian version of "Celebrity Big Brother" -- after learning of her test results, which her publicist said revealed she has cervical cancer.
"Jade's stay at the Bigg Boss house has been cut short," the Colors channel said in a statement."
"Jade was really looking forward to her time in the house, but her health is the most important thing," her spokesman told Reuters. "She is going to come home immediately for treatment."
According to the National Cancer Institute "Cervical cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the cervix."
There are different types of treatment for patients with cervical cancer.
Different types of treatment are available for patients with cervical cancer. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. A treatment clinical trial is a research study meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with cancer. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment. Patients may want to think about taking part in a clinical trial. Some clinical trials are open only to patients who have not started treatment.
Surgery (removing the cancer in an operation) is sometimes used to treat cervical cancer.
Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. There are two types of radiation therapy. External radiation therapy uses a machine outside the body to send radiation toward the cancer. Internal radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance sealed in needles, seeds, wires, or catheters that are placed directly into or near the cancer. The way the radiation therapy is given depends on the type and stage of the cancer being treated.
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. When chemotherapy is taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle, the drugs enter the bloodstream and can reach cancer cells throughout the body (systemic chemotherapy). When chemotherapy is placed directly into the spinal column, an organ, or a body cavity such as the abdomen, the drugs mainly affect cancer cells in those areas (regional chemotherapy). The way the chemotherapy is given depends on the type and stage of the cancer being treated.
New types of treatment are being tested in clinical trials.
Information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.
We wish Jade Goody and all people suffering from cervical cancer or other types of disease a quick recovery and good treatment.