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A '''prognosis '''(from the Greek for "forseeing") is a determination of how a diagnosed disease will progress in a given patient. A [[terminal]] patient is one in whom the given disease is incurable and will eventually result in the patient's death. Up until the 19th century, giving a prognosis was often the only thing a [[physician]] could do once a [[diagnosis]] was reached. It was only in the late 19th century that the focus of the medical profession shifted to actually trying to cure a disease rather than just predicting its course.
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A prognosis is a determination of how a diagnosed disease will progress in a given patient. A terminal patient is one in whom the given disease is incurable and will eventually result in the patient's death.
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A proper prognosis will include:
 
*How long the disease is likely to persist;
 
*What life functions of the patient will likely to be impaired in the patient;
 
*What the likely course of the disease will be, including such outcomes as progressive decline, intermittent regular crisis, or sudden-onset crisis;
 
*Whether the patient's symptoms will regress for a period of time before they get worse;
 
*The survival rate for a certain percentage of persons (the 50/50 rate) or the rate of survival over a given period of time (such as a five-year survival rate).
 
In many cases, a disease's prognosis can only be determined correctly in a large population of patients and the individual prognosis is inherently unpredictable. This is the case for most forms of terminal [[cancer]].
 
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prognosis Prognosis at Wikipedia]
 
[[Category:Medical terminology]]
 
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