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When is cancer considered terminal? What does that mean?

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Happy Saturday, readers!

This week I answer the second part of a question from Akosua Tom in San Diego, CA: When is cancer “terminal” and what does that mean?

Short answer: Cancer is often deemed terminal when it has begun to spread, or metastasize. In a previous article I discussed how difficult it is to design therapies that can selectively destroy cancer cells. So, the best defense against cancer is to either not get it at all (which is an option to some, but not all) and to catch cancer in its early stages, before it has begun to spread.

If there is anything that you, dear reader, get out of this educational blog, it is the importance of catching cancer early.

For additional topics, please visit the Cancer for Dummies main page. Thank you for your inquiries!

Ryon

Written by Ryon

April 9th, 2011 at 9:50 am

Posted in Science Blog

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