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Cancers which were once fatal are increasingly able to be managed as chronic diseases. While most metastatic cancers in adults may not be curable, they often can be controlled for long periods of time with a succession of treatments. In this chapter in Cancer Concepts: A Guidebook for the Non-Oncologist, we will examine those cancers with longer natural histories and those with extended survivals due to therapeutic advances. Finally, several cases will be presented that exemplify this new paradigm of cancer as a chronic disease.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
cancer, chronic disease, malignancy
Medical Education | Neoplasms | Oncology | Radiology
Herrick B, Liebmann J, Pieters RS. (2018). Cancer as a Chronic Disease. Cancer Concepts: A Guidebook for the Non-Oncologist. https://doi.org/10.7191/cancer_concepts.1028. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cancer_concepts/27
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