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Chronic Patients

Some cancer types, most often ovarian, chronic leukemia, and some lymphomas, are ongoing – they are never completely gone from your body. The term “chronic cancer” can also be used to describe cancers that have spread to other parts of your body.

Your doctor will closely monitor you to look for changes in your condition. Chronic cancers require ongoing treatment with scheduled breaks. These may be on a set schedule or on an ‘as needed’ basis. Treatment options include chemotherapy or radiation therapy, either separately or together. A clinical trial may also be an option.

The American Cancer Society offers several resources for patients with a chronic cancer.