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will cancer ever be cured?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 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 41-year-old member asked:

Will there ever be a cure for cancer? The asco meeting has so much promise.

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Cancer is not: One disease, or one genetic chnge, but many. Drugs are poisons with side effects, and tumors are smart enought to learn to resist. Single genetic mutations are cured with miracle drugs. Many drugs now hope to keep cancers at bay and allow you to live with the cancer rather than obliterating it. The most fearsome of cancers is glioblastoma (brain tumors) and pancreas cancer. Few baby steps only.
Panama City, FL
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 40 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.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it actually true that cancer will ever be cured fully?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes, it depends: Cancer is not one but many different diseases. Some cancers are curable, notably leukemias in children, hodgkin lymphoma, neuroblastoma, and many early stage cancers, e.g., breast, colon and prostate cancers. Improvements in medical care are improving survival for many cancers.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Will there ever be a cure for cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Yes and no: Cancer is not one disease but many, caused by multiple things and with very different behaviors and outcomes. May sound negative, but to the best of my ability to foresee things, I doubt there will be a cure for each and every one. That said, thousands of cancers are cured right now with the proper therapy and I wish to believe the numbers of survivors will continue to go up.
Sweden
A 18-year-old male asked:

Will cancer ever be cured or completely eradicated?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 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?

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