About Cancer

What is Cancer?

Cancer is not just one disease. Cancer refers to a group of diseases that involve abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body, these malignant tumours are different from benign tumours, which do not tend to spread within the body.

The many different types of cancer share some similarities but also have many different characteristics. They vary in how they affect the individual, how they can be diagnosed, types of treatment and what the outcome of any treatment might be.

Most cancers are named for the cell type, tissue or body organ from where they start. For example, bone cancer starts in a bone, lymphoma starts in the lymphatic system and cancer that begins in basal cells of the skin is called basal cell carcinoma.

Information sheets for specific types of cancer can be found in the fact sheets section.

Your Pet and Cancer

Cancer is a scary word and once it enters a conversation about your pet you may not be able to concentrate on anything that is said after the ‘C’ word is spoken.

We often hear pet owners say “it all became a blur”, “I thought of lots of questions when I got home” and “I just didn’t know where to turn”. We are here to help you and your pet at any stage of your journey with cancer.

Our website contains a list of many frequently asked questions with answers.

If you have specific questions regarding your pet’s cancer you should speak direct to your vet, who will be able to provide answers directly related to your pet’s diagnosis and treatment.

If at any time you are concerned about the health of your pet you should contact your vet, information and advice provided by the Animal Cancer Trust is not a substitute for veterinary care.