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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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Not any time soon: We are treating cancer much more successfully today than in the past. However, most advanced cancers have the genome destabilized, and evolve resistance to treatment. I do not expect that such cancers, once they have spread and are no longer operable for cure, will be curable even 100 years from now.

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