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can cancer be cured?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes and no: Cure for cancer depends on the type of cancer, how early it was found, whether or not it has spread to other parts of the body, how early treatment is started, the type of treatments available, how aggressive the tumor is, the skill of the treating physician (oncologist, surgeon, etc.), and the overall health of the patient being treated. Discuss these with your doctor.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
When I was a kid, 2 out of 6 cancers were cured. When I was in med school, 3 out of 6 cancers were cured. Now it's 4 out of 6. Thanks MOSTLY to early detection.
Jan 23, 2012
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr commented
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
For breast cancer it is partially early detection but also the addition of chemotherapy
Jan 25, 2012
Dr. Raymundo Romero
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Complicated Answer: Cancer is just an umbrella where more than 100 different cancers fall under. Each is diagnosed and treated differently. Prognosis is dependent on type of cancer and in stage at time of diagnosis for other cancers. Some can be cured ei: testicular cancer others you can't ei: cll.

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Can prayanam cure cancer?

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Dr. Tri Nguyen
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You mean pranayama?: Pranayama is a yoga routine. It may enhance well-being and enhance personal strength but I am not aware of any proof that it cures cancer.
A 37-year-old member asked:

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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Could cancer treatments cure cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Heck yea!: Otherwise i'd be out of a job... Many cancers are curable if detected early (thus the importance of screening). Others, like testicular cancer or lymphoma can be cured even in advanced stages. Of course, it is best to reduce the risk of ever getting it by living a healthy lifestyle. Look at the american cancer society and see their statistics of survival, you will be surprised.
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Can reiki cure cancer?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
No: Reiki is a form of relaxation that reduces stress. Obviously reducing adrenal cortisol output allows the immune system to be optimized but this in of itself cant cure cancer. The immune system is important however for it to help in curing cancer an immunogenic protein in the form of a vaccine has to be delivered to the patient.
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Why is there no cure for cancer?

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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
Urgent Care 19 years experience
Depends: For certain cancers there are cures, but for some cancers they can reoccur. Nonetheless as science and technology evolves medicine is advancing at treating cancers and illnesses that were initially killing the population.

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