How Do Cancer Cells Behave Differently From Healthy Cells?

This informative video from Ted-ed shared in December 2012 takes us through the fundamental difference between the way cancer cells and normal cells behave in the human body.

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The film explains how cells divide and that cancer cells divide much quicker than most other cells in the body, causing the mutated cells to spread over time. Chemotherapy or radiation therapies can be used to kill the cancer cells as they target fast-growing cells. However, there are other fast-growing cells in the body, such as hair cells, skin cells, blood cells, cells in the gut etc. These cells will also be affected by the chemotherapy or radiation treatment, causing some of the well-known side effects associated with cancer treatment.

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