Is cancer long lived?

Now I dont mean do people with cancer live long. I am doing a problem for science and it says: Cancer is a disease related to cell life span and cell division. If cancer cells were added to the data table(the data table isnt that important) predict what would be written under the columns headed "life span" and "cell division." Explain the reasoning underlying you predictions. All I want to know is does Cancer ever die?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Of course most cancer cell lines die when the human host dies, but there are exceptions in a laboratory environment.

    Some cancer cell lines are immortal in laboratory growth media long after a person has died. The classic case is the cancer cell line of Ms. Henrietta Lacks - so called HeLa cells. This cell line was saved (without family permission) after her death and is an immortal cell line used in scientific research. The cell line was derived from cervical cancer cells taken from Henrietta Lacks who died from her cancer in October 1951. This cell line is so persistant in growth and survival that it contaminates many other cell lines used in research.

    http://www.virology.ws/2009/02/09/the-amazing-hela...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeLa

    Source(s): MD medical oncologist - cancer specialist doctor
  • 4 years ago

    Sorry to hearken to this archives, that's a no longer elementary time little doubt. a lot relies upon somewhat at considered one of those maximum cancers, and the degree that's. Bladder maximum cancers is often, yet no longer completely, what's truthfully a TCC (tansitional cellular carcinoma) that arises interior the liner of the bladder. those are graded as G1,2 or 3, with G1 meaning the cells look maximum like the conventional bladder cells, and G3 being "severe grade". Accompanying this could be a pT score. Ta is a tumour restricted to the liner of the bladder, T1 has invaded the lamina propria in simple terms below, and T2 and above are "invasive ailment" the place deep muscle and previous are invaded. it fairly is often found out in the past each and every little thing following what's truthfully a TURT (or TURBT) this is the place a telescope is surpassed into the bladder, and the tumour could be bumped off in numerous products. regularly, bladder tumours are G2 or G3 pTa, and fairly the G3's, could be for stick to up scoping and BCG. despite the fact that if that's G3 pT1 then it fairly is often accompanied up with mitomycin. G3 pT2 require somewhat in intensity staging of the ailment with CT scans to evaluate and unfold interior the physique. If it fairly is clean, then normally cystectomy is accessible, this is the removing of the bladder. My element in telling you it fairly is that sometimes bladder maximum cancers recurs many circumstances, so it could look he's "battling maximum cancers" because it in no way somewhat is going away, while in certainty survival could be long. it could regrettably be the different end, wherein case survival relies upon on how a techniques it has grown regionally, and likewise around the physique. despite the fact that if that's a penile maximum cancers, then those are often SCC's (squamous cellular carcinoma's) and are somewhat uncommon. scientific care is often community excision of the diseased area, or each and every now and then comprehensive or partial penectomy. the long term survival for those does tend to be encouraging. maximum cancers bacup, and the urology expert nurses the place he's being dealt with would be satisfied to speak approximately issues especially with you, yet can not communicate specifics without your grandads consent. interior the interim in simple terms proceed to assist him, and if issues are changing, with a bit of luck your loved ones will communicate it with you.

  • 1 decade ago

    Cancer can be taken out and stop temporarily, however it can never die since there will always be one or two cells left that will divide and thus starts the cycle again.

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    1 decade ago

    It can be cured, yes

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