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A 37-year-old member asked:

Will cancer ever be cured?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Yes and no: Cancer is not "other", it is the inevitable result of accumulated mutations in our own genes and will eventually arise and kill any multicellular organism that does not die of something else first. However, we now cure 4 out of 6 cancers mostly due to early detection. Fear cancer, but fear it rationally and with knowledge as an advocate for your own health.

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A 20-year-old female asked:

Will there ever be a cure for cancer in the future?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 41 years experience
Some are here now: In my career span, there have been tremendous advances with many cancers. The treatment of lymphoma and testicular cancers, in particular, have made great strides. I'm not sure we'll ever cure all cancers, but who know what the future will bring. Maybe you will make a contribution in this challenging field. Thank you for this question. Good luck.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

Will cancer ever be cured or completely eradicated?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Hard to say.: I'm sure the future of medicine holds promise for lots of people and many medical conditions. One of the basic issues is that a cancer cell's metabolic processes are so similar to those in a regular cell, so how do we differentiate between the two to target the cancer cells and not the regular cells?
A 30-year-old member asked:

What's the expert opinion, could there ever be a cure for cancer?

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Dr. Sandhya Srinivas
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Stage of cancer: Yes- early stage cancers are cured- mostly by surgery and radiation. Some early stage cancers are treated with surgery and then given preventive chemo and can be cured. There are some advanced cancers such as testicular cancer and lymphoma which are cured with chemotherapy .
A 50-year-old member asked:

Does radiation ever cure cancers, or does it just shrink them?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Yes: Fortunately radiation has been used with good success in terms of curing people from the cancer. Some examples are treating cancer of larynx, or skin with traditional fractionated radiation. We have used radiosurgery with excellent success in treating early stage lung cancer.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if there will be a cure for cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
There IS a cure: ...For many cancers, especially those detected early. Cancer is not just one but many diseases so i'm not sure there will be "a cure" for all cancers. Live healthy and get your age and risk appropriate screening.

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