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October 17, 2019

Is the Patient Cured?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
JAMA Oncol. 2019;5(12):1695-1697. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.3612

After administering a therapy with curative intent, patients and physicians have 1 key question in mind: is the cancer cured? Unfortunately, because of the limitations of our current standard of surveillance, we can never be sure that all the tumor cells have been eradicated and therefore never be sure of a cure. An implication of this view is that even patients who have responded to treatment still need posttherapy prognostic factors to predict the patient’s outcome after treatment.

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