All stories, Cancer Classroom( Decoding cancer), Decoding cancer

If a cancer is incurable today…should we treat it??

Cancer Cure

The most common question some patient ask us, oncologists or cancer doctors is: If my type of cancer is incurable and if cancer treatment will only delay the ultimate, should I be undergoing treatment at all ??

A logical question…that needs a practical answer. Not all cancers are completely curable in today’s world. We still like to treat most, if not all cancers.


A couple of reasons, which would shed light on why cancer treatment is important…

1. Treatment can obtain good local control, which is the only way forward for a possible cure in the future.

2. Treatments available today was not there a couple of years back. So even if any treatment can give a few years of disease-free or reduced disease bulk time, in the future even if we have a recurrence, we are surely better prepared than what we are at present. Thus making sense for treatment.

So we may not be able to eradicate a tumor today, but even if we can stabilize or delay the ultimate, we have given a reason for the patient to live and try for an improvement in the quality of life for the remaining period. It is imperative to get a second opinion on your cancer, to explore the best treatment options, validate your treatment options if you are undergoing cancer treatment.

To talk to the best oncologists for your cancer, click here or write to us on

Article authored by Dr. Ashu Abhishek, Unit Head Radiation Oncology, Fortis Hospitals. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *