Cancer: Cure or Chronic Illness?

It's heartening to know that President Obama is earmarking $6 billion for cancer research by the National Institutes of Health, on top of the already $10 billion provided by the new stimulus package for 2009 and 2010. And since there are about 11 million people in the U.S. who had a history of some form of cancer (as of 2005), any advancement is welcome.

Although there are some cancers that can be considered "cured," there are many that cannot. More realistic, according to experts, is to aim for the "management" of certain fatal cancers. The hope would be to allow the person to live comfortably with the disease (much like people live with diabetes or heart disease) without suffering its advancement.

Of course, prevention is always the best deterrent.

Are you living with a chronic disease? How are you managing?


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