A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and you might be unsure where to turn. At his private practice in Arlington, Texas, internal medicine physician, Thomas J. Purgason, MD, FACP, PA, works alongside other skilled professionals to help you determine the best way to treat your cancer, improve your lifestyle and wellness, and lower your risks. The right medical support, guidance, and treatments are crucial during this time. Dr. Purgason provides comprehensive care to assist in the treatment of different types of cancer. Call the office for more information.
Cancer is an umbrella term for numerous diseases that involve the development of abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably and can infiltrate and destroy normal body tissue. Cancer can often spread throughout the body.
Some general symptoms and signs that might be associated with cancer include:
If you have any concerns or experience any unusual symptoms, visit Dr. Purgason for an evaluation.
Cancer is caused by DNA mutations or changes within the cells. The DNA inside each of your cells is packaged into a large number of individual genes that each contain a set of instructions telling the cell which functions to perform and how to grow and divide.
When errors occur in these instructions, the cell can stop its normal function and may become cancerous.
A gene mutation can tell a healthy cell to:
Most gene mutations occur after birth and can be caused or exacerbated by a number of factors, such as smoking, radiation, cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens), viruses, obesity, hormones, a lack of exercise, and chronic inflammation.
In other instances, you might be born with gene mutations that you inherited from your parents.
Gene mutations do occur regularly as a normal part of cell growth; however, cells contain a mechanism that acknowledges when a mistake occurs and repairs the mistake to keep you healthy. If a mistake is missed a cell can become cancerous.
After testing, such as a biopsy, imaging, and bloodwork, Dr. Purgason might recommend various treatments, including:
Dr. Purgason might recommend a surgery referral. Other treatments for cancer include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, bone marrow transplant, hormone therapy, targeted drug therapy, and immunotherapy.
Immunotherapy is a promising treatment that involves using your body’s immune system to identify and fight cancer.
If you’re dealing with cancer or would like to learn more information, call Dr. Purgason.