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A prognosis is an educated guess about the probable course and outcome of a disease.

A prognosis can change over time as the patient's health condition changes and as new medical advances are accepted by the medical community.

Doctors use statistics and personal experience to help estimate prognosis.

A prognosis does not indicate what will happen to any particular individual.

It is up to you whether to ask for a prognosis, or for how much information to ask for.

NOTE: Some doctors believe that telling a patient a prognosis can become a self fulfilling prophecy. We repeat again: A prognosis does not indicate what will happen to any particular individual.

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