As medical therapies improve, experts hope someday to treat this form of cancer like diabetes and other ongoing, chronic conditions, which doctors can manage for several years or even decades. This is often the case with certain cancer types, such as ovarian cancer, chronic leukemias, and some lymphomas. Sometimes cancers that have spread or have come back in other parts of the body, like metastatic breast or prostate cancer , also become chronic cancers. Some types of cancer are more likely to become chronic, including leukemia, lymphoma, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. Extended treatment may help prevent the disease from growing, spreading, or progressing. For example, people with chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml) often take. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the united states while some kinds of skin cancer are the most common. The centers for disease control lists breast cancer as a chronic disease. There are times when researchers and physicians also call it a chronic disease. Certainly, ive been told by various editors and friends that metastatic breast cancer is a chronic disease. After all, they argue, there it is listed as such on the cdc chronic diseases page. 10, 2009 -- barbara schneider had breast cancer surgery seven years ago, but she still has frequent nerve pain in the area under her arm where lymph nodes were removed. Breast cancer as chronic disease as a chronic disease, breast cancer poses ongoing challenges for patients and their loved ones. Survival rates for all cancers have risen steadily in the past three years, and thats good news for the nearly 1. 5 million americans who were diagnosed with cancer last year. Cancer as a chronic disease significant advances have been made in cancer care, so that even when cure is not possible, many cancers can be controlled and managed for long periods of time. Many physicians and practitioners consider patients being treated for some types of cancer as living with a chronic condition. chronic inflammation and breast cancer researchers have also been able to tie inflammation specifically to breast cancer development, metastasis (spreading), recurrence and lower survival rates. A manuscript published in the american society of clinical oncology educational book suggested that obesity creates multiple pathways of chronic. when cancer spreads to other areas in the body, it can cause specific symptoms depending on where its spread.