While many survive cancer, "cured" status remains elusive

09/20/2004 | USA Today

While medical advances have allowed for what amounts to a "cure" for many people's cancer, health care providers nevertheless shy away from the word, as many uncertainties of the disease still linger. Even though the most widely used criteria -- being alive five years after diagnosis -- can be a good sign a patient has beaten their cancer, health care providers simply can't ever tell when or if someone has been cured.

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