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A 25-year-old female asked:

My aunty is suffering from mouth cancer she is in 3rd stage now she is going for some lacer or radia active treatment i think so shall we cure ?

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Dr. Phillip Frist
Dentistry 46 years experience
Cure ?: Curing someone of cancer is a very strong statement? That's not to say it's wrong. Time will tell if they are cured, let' s put our faith in god and trust in our doctors and hope they can stop or remove the cancer and go from there. Day by day and try to enjoy each one.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Thanks for your words of comfort, Dr. Frist. The life of a cancer patient is challenging, and whatever the outcome, almost all people find comfort and meaning in something beyond themselves -- whether it takes the form of a traditional faith, the love of a person, the richness of life, or something that only this hardest of walks can reveal. This is my hope for both the questioner and our patient.
Sep 8, 2012
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Depends: There are dozens of different types of mouth cancer, each with its own type of treatment and likely outcome at a particular stage. No other area of science is studied so intensively, and your aunt has the right to the best we can offer, and to be told herself how the odds change as she moves forward. She must also make her own decisions on accurate information. Good luck to you both.

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