Cancer is a disease of the body's cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a controlled way, however, if something causes a mistake to occur in the cells' genetic blueprints, this control can be lost. Cancer is the term used to describe collections of these cells, growing and potentially spreading within the body. As cancerous cells can arise from almost any type of tissue cell, cancer actually refers to about 100 different diseases.
Cancer cells that do not spread beyond the immediate area in which they arise are said to be benign ie. they are not dangerous. If these cells spread into surrounding areas, or to different parts of the body, they are known as malignant - commonly referred to as cancer.
Cancer affects a large number of Australians, both directly and indirectly.
A senior counsellor from the cancer council visits Dixons Pharmacy on the 1st Wednesday of each month. She is available between 10am and 2pm for consultations in our private counselling rooms. Consultations may be pre-booked, and walk-ins accepted also.
This is a free service for people living with cancer, their family, friends and carers.
Dixons Pharmacy stock a range of headwear suitable for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
The Pharmacists and staff are also available at any stage to discuss problems arising from medication, treatment side-effects or other issues that may arise. We encourage you to discuss any issues with us.
For more information regarding cancer go to: www.cancer.org.au