All three networks sought advice from their in-house physicians about Edwards' prognosis. The take-home message for NBC's Nancy Snyderman was to see cancer not as a disease to be cured but a condition to be lived with: "Perhaps it is time to change the national dialogue…this is now a chronic illness, manageable not curable." There are 150,000 women nationwide in Edwards' shoes, CBS' Jon LaPook pointed out, coping with a breast cancer that has spread elsewhere in the body: metastasis happens in 20% of all cases. On ABC, Timothy Johnson (no link) offered the statistic that the average life expectancy for a woman in this condition is less than five years. "That means that some women will survive longer, some much longer," Johnson pointed out. Unspoken was the fact that it also means the contrary.
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