If possible, the goal is absolutely to cure the cancer and to prolong your lifespan. But the specific goal depends on what stage the cancer is. All cancers are divided into four stages. One, two, three, and four. Stage one cancers are a tiny amount of cancer that's localized in the place where it started. Stage two is a little bit more substantial. Stage three is starting to bulge out of the organ where it started. And stage four is spread far away. For stage four cancers that have metastasized or spread, the goal may no longer be cure. The goal may be what we call palliation. That means maintaining a stress-free, pain-free good quality of life. Perhaps halting the cancer in its path, slowing its growth, but potentially not cure.
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