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Can chemotherapy control the cancer? What is the goal of each treatment?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Ask your doctor!

That is a great question and a really important one to ask your doctor! the goals of chemo are different for each patient and each cancer type.
Sometimes the goal is to completely cure the cancer; sometimes it is to prolong life but not cure the cancer. Sometimes the goal is to relieve symptoms. It might be a hard question to ask, but you should know your doctor's goals for you!

In brief: Ask your doctor!

That is a great question and a really important one to ask your doctor! the goals of chemo are different for each patient and each cancer type.
Sometimes the goal is to completely cure the cancer; sometimes it is to prolong life but not cure the cancer. Sometimes the goal is to relieve symptoms. It might be a hard question to ask, but you should know your doctor's goals for you!
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Paul Zhang
Cure some, no different for others, and make it worse for some too, wether we like it or not.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Shrink it too

In addition to what dr. Webster has listed, sometimes chemo is used to shrink the tumor so that it can be surgically removed.
It i'd a great question to discuss with your cancer doctor.

In brief: Shrink it too

In addition to what dr. Webster has listed, sometimes chemo is used to shrink the tumor so that it can be surgically removed.
It i'd a great question to discuss with your cancer doctor.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
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Dr. Paul Zhang
It cures more if used to induce a tumor response than used for stage 4 cancers. Need more research.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Chemotherapy

Yes, chemo is used to control cancer.
Generally speaking- the goal can be divided into 2 : curative intent ( given after definitive treatment-like surgery or before surgery with the aim to shrink the tumor so surgery can be carried out ) or - to relieve symptoms. The goal will depend on the stage of cancer, how good your condition is overall , other diseases etc. Please discuss with your oncologis.

In brief: Chemotherapy

Yes, chemo is used to control cancer.
Generally speaking- the goal can be divided into 2 : curative intent ( given after definitive treatment-like surgery or before surgery with the aim to shrink the tumor so surgery can be carried out ) or - to relieve symptoms. The goal will depend on the stage of cancer, how good your condition is overall , other diseases etc. Please discuss with your oncologis.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Paul Zhang
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Tough question

Chemo is certainly help a lot of colon cancer, with all 5 chemo we have now, people can live upto 36 months, without them, only 6 months to 12 months.
However, we do not cure most advanced colon, and in my own lab and others research too, chemo created a lot of cancer stem cells, shocking fact, so we are trying to understand this better and figure out how to reverse this process.

In brief: Tough question

Chemo is certainly help a lot of colon cancer, with all 5 chemo we have now, people can live upto 36 months, without them, only 6 months to 12 months.
However, we do not cure most advanced colon, and in my own lab and others research too, chemo created a lot of cancer stem cells, shocking fact, so we are trying to understand this better and figure out how to reverse this process.
Dr. Paul Zhang
Dr. Paul Zhang
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