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Treatment options. Why does it take so long to find it out if radiation or chemo will add any years of survival?
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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Studies take time
Thankfully, for most cancers, we have many treatment options- even when not curable, people are living longer and better. So if someone get radiation or chemotherapy and the cancer comes back, they can still be kept alive with other treatments.
When studies are done looking for survival advantage, and the patients that recur get other treatments it can take time to evaluate the original treatment.

In brief: Studies take time
Thankfully, for most cancers, we have many treatment options- even when not curable, people are living longer and better. So if someone get radiation or chemotherapy and the cancer comes back, they can still be kept alive with other treatments.
When studies are done looking for survival advantage, and the patients that recur get other treatments it can take time to evaluate the original treatment.
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