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Can Chemotherapy Cure Advanced-Stage Cancer?

My mother has late-stage cancer and feels like nothing is going to make a difference at this point. I still feel like she has options available, including chemo, but I'm not sure how effective it is at treating the condition so late in the game. Can chemotherapy cure advanced-stage cancer?
 

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As a general rule, chemotherapy for advanced-stage cancer can provide some benefits -- such as decreasing the cancer symptoms and prolonging life -- but it doesn't often provide a cure. Of course, there are always exceptions, and some types of cancer respond much better to chemotherapy than others.
 
Be sure to have a frank discussion with your doctor about how exactly you should expect to benefit from chemotherapy and what your chances are for a cure, if any.
 
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