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What is advanced cancer?

Steven V. Gurland, MD
Internal Medicine
Advanced cancer can not be cured but can be treated for palliation, pain control and improved quality of life. Our goal is to find and treat cancer early enough before it spreads and it still can be eradicated..

Advanced cancer is cancer that has spread beyond its origin to other places in the body. It usually cannot be cured or controlled with treatment. However, treatment can sometimes shrink the cancer, relieve symptoms and help the patient live longer. Some patients can continue to live many years with advanced cancer.

This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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