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Cancer Genetics

Cancer Prognosis

02/21/2005

Question:

What is the prognosis for someone who has cancer?

Answer:

Generally, this question is best asked to the physician treating the person with cancer.  The answer will depend on how large the cancer is, the organ which is affected, the aggressiveness of the cancer cells found in the cancer, the extent of invasion of the cancer into other tissues or organs, and the types of treatments used.

Using all this information, the person's doctor will generally give a range based on other people who have had similar cancers and have had similar treatments.

Again, the best source of this information is the patient's doctor.

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Response by:

Duane D Culler, PhD, MS Duane D Culler, PhD, MS
Clinical Instructor of Genetics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University