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A 21-year-old member asked:

Will the cancer spread to other parts of my body?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
We hope not.: What makes a cancer "evil" is the ability of cancer cells to travel outside of the organ where they arose and take over another organ; this is how cancer can be life-threatening. In advanced cases of cancer, we can identify these "invaders", but most often, these cells are present but undetectable. The stage of the cancer gives us an estimate of this probability, leading to the rec for chemorx.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Probably: If left untreated, many kinds of cancer develop a capacity to spread to other parts of your body. Fortunately, there are many types of treatment that are designed to prevent or delay this from happening. There is so much variety in how cancers behave; talk to your doctor to see about your type.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Once cancer has spread to other body parts, is there hope for recovery?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Depends: Some cancers, like testicular or certain kinds of lymphomas, can be cured even if spread. Others, while incurable, are nonetheless controllable for long periods of time (often years). Examples include some kinds of lymphomas ; leukemias and some kinds of breast cancer. Sadly, some others are very aggressive and the best we can do is offer comfort.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is cancer different in different parts of the body?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Yes, each site isdif: Cancer can arise in every organ of the body, so it is more than one hundred different diseases lumped together because they share one common feature...uncontrolled growth often leading to distant metastases. Treatments vary for each site, so do the treatment outcomes.

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