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"Họ thể chữa ung thư không?"

Translation:Can they treat cancer?

January 1, 2017



Does "chữa" mean treat or cure in this case?


Does 'chữa' mean 'treat' or 'cure'? In English these words have different meanings. To cure is to totally eliminate an illness and restore full health. To treat is to give someone medicine in the hope that you will cure the illness. But you might treat an illness and never cure it.


I would say 'treat' means more 'mitigate' and not eliminate or cure. For an example, HIV is now said to be treatable but not curable.


Accepts "cure cancer"; just checked.

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