A 37-year-old member asked:
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how frequently is cancer responsive to chemo/radiation?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Very!: Response rates vary quite a bit depending on the type of cancer, it's stage, and it's unique molecular features.
Answered on Sep 1, 2012
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Often: Most cancers are radiosensitive enough that local therapy will slow them down ("spot welding" for bone pain, for example.) some cancers are exquisitely radiosensitive -- and some won't even come back. There are many chemotherapy protocols that i would refuse, others that any reasonable person would accept. An ethical physician will talk straight with you. Good luck.
Answered on Sep 3, 2012

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