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November 02, 2011


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skin care treatmenet

Having read through your article please can you further exlpian the truth about the recurrencies of cancer after treatment. do we still have hope after the treatment?

Wendy S. Harpham, MD

Recurrence is not a death sentence; it is an illness. There is always hope.

The prognosis (i.e., chance for another remission, survival statistics, and so on) depends on the particular type of cancer and the patient's overall health. For some types of cancer, the patient still has an excellent chance of cure (such as testicular cancer and Hodgkins lymphoma).

For other types, the chance of cure with current therapies disappears, but the patient can still do well for a while, if not for a long time. I've been living in and out of treatment since 1990 -- and it's been a good life.

As a Healthy Survivor, you can have hope to make wise treatment decisions with your doctors and to do all you can between treatments to take care of yourself. You can hope that new treatments will become available when you need them. And you can hope to accept the uncertainty and embrace each day.

With hope,

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