Highlands Cancer Center


Real People, Real Stories

Zip Wells of Inez, KY
Small Cell Lung Cancer

Zip is a retired construction worker who was diagnosed with...Read Story

Mary Preston of Inez, KY
Lung Cancer

Highlands Cancer Center has helped with the support...Read Story

Henry McKenzie of Prestonsburg, KY
Colon Cancer

Henry was losing weight without any explanation for about a year...Read Story

Roger Owens of Oil Springs, KY
Tongue Cancer

"My name is Roger Owens and I am Cancer Free!!!...Read Story

Marietta Music of Paintsville, KY
Breast Cancer

"My story is about knowing your own body… Read Story

Marcus Russell of Salyersville, KY

“In February of 2010 I was diagnosed with...Read Story


There are many different types of cancer but all cancers can be grouped into one of four categories. There are several factors that determine how cancer is diagnosed such as location and how the cancerous cells appear under the microscope. A good example is breast cancer, there are several forms and each is classified according to where the tumors originate within the breast, and the tendency of the tumors to invade the surrounding organs and tissues.
  • Carcinomas: 80% of cancers are this. Carcinomas are tumors that arise in the tissues that line the body’s organs.
  • Sarcomas: Tumors that start in bone, muscle, cartilage, fibrous tissue or fat.
  • Leukemias: Cancers of the blood or blood-forming organs.
  • Lymphomas: This affects the lymphatic system which is a network of vessels and nodes that acts as a filter. The lymphatic system distributes nutrients to blood and tissue. This prevents bacteria and other foreign “invaders” from entering into the bloodstream.