Chemo not likely to cure late-stage cancer - - Jackson, MS

Chemo not likely to cure late-stage cancer

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Many patients with certain late-stage cancers may mistakenly believe chemotherapy will cure them of their disease.

Doctors at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston surveyed more than 12-hundred cancer patients across the country.

All had either advanced lung or advanced colorectal cancer.

69% of lung cancer patients and 81% of those with late-stage colorectal cancer believed their chemo would be a cure.

Doctors say it can extend life, but only rarely can it be a cure at that stage for those cancers.

-Study led by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and published in the New England Journal of Medicine

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