Can cancer be cured by chemotherapy?

Not always. ‘Cure’ means that the cancer is completely destroyed and will never come back again. However, even after chemotherapy, cancer can reoccur. It happens when chemotherapy does not kill all the cancer cells within the body. 

The chemo sessions miss cancer cells because all the cancer cells do not divide at the same time. They rest for different periods. It is possible that the cancer cells that were resting during the first session might multiplicate till the second time. Moreover, it is also possible that a few cancer cells remain in the resting phase during the last chemo session. As cancer cells have the ability to mask themselves, the cells may remain unnoticed or misdiagnosed by the doctor. 

Even though chemotherapy cannot cure cancer completely, it can kill most cancer cells. Chemotherapy is the most suitable choice for cancers that are growing in one place or spreading throughout the body.

Besides the masking ability, the mutations in genetic material have made it difficult for researchers to find a cure for cancer. The research has shown that there are various chemotherapies available suited for different patients. But doctors mostly prefer chemotherapies in combination to kill the maximum number of cancer cells.

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