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Is chemotherapy used for all cancers?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
7 doctors agree

In brief: No.

Chemotherapy is only used for cancers that have a significant chance of having spread outside the organ where they have originated.
When we talk about the stage of a cancer, we are usually describing the probability of cancer cells being "elsewhere". Furthermore, before recommending a particular chemotherapeutic agent, we have to be fairly certain that the cancer will be sensitive to that drug.

In brief: No.

Chemotherapy is only used for cancers that have a significant chance of having spread outside the organ where they have originated.
When we talk about the stage of a cancer, we are usually describing the probability of cancer cells being "elsewhere". Furthermore, before recommending a particular chemotherapeutic agent, we have to be fairly certain that the cancer will be sensitive to that drug.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Only if indicated

Chemo is cancer fighting medicine.
There are 3 modalities to treat cancer- surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Some cancer can be treated alone with surgery- especially at a very early stage, or combination with radiation. Some other cancer- requires chemo either before, after surgery , combination with radiation therapy or as the only treatment for cancer. Discuss with your oncologist.

In brief: Only if indicated

Chemo is cancer fighting medicine.
There are 3 modalities to treat cancer- surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Some cancer can be treated alone with surgery- especially at a very early stage, or combination with radiation. Some other cancer- requires chemo either before, after surgery , combination with radiation therapy or as the only treatment for cancer. Discuss with your oncologist.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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