un·​treat·​able | \ ˌən-ˈtrē-tə-bəl How to pronounce untreatable (audio) \

Definition of untreatable

: not yielding or responsive to medical treatment : not treatable an untreatable disease These infections cause an untreatable degeneration of the nervous system …— Jared Diamond The location of the cancer rendered him untreatable by further surgery.— Nancy J. Kubel

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untreatably \ ˌən-​ˈtrē-​tə-​blē How to pronounce untreatably (audio) \ adverb

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The jury is still out on how gene therapies, which potentially offer one-time cures for previously untreatable diseases, should be priced. Denise Roland, WSJ, "Novartis CEO Bets on Cutting-Edge Science to Remake Drug Giant," 19 Nov. 2018 While the autoimmune response could require long-term treatments or result in death, in many cases, the therapy put otherwise untreatable cancers into remission, with no need for further CTLA-4-targeting treatments. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Treatments that cause the immune system to attack cancer earn a Nobel," 1 Oct. 2018 And ones that are categorized as having untreatable conditions like cancer, are released regardless of their level of crime. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Taliban prisoners exploit release loophole with fake medical claims," 12 June 2018 Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London gave 258 men with the otherwise untreatable cancer the immunotherapy agent Keytruda (pembrolizumab). Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Prostate cancer drug Keytruda shows positive results in a few men during first clinical trial," 4 June 2018 Though Landen did not die immediately, the injury was untreatable and therefore no lifesaving medical intervention was withheld, it was argued. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Lawyer: Man charged in son's death apparently took his own life on Father's Day," 26 June 2018 Other novel technologies like gene therapy have the potential to help previously untreatable patients. Charley Grant, WSJ, "What Is Ailing the Drug Industry?," 22 June 2018 More careful use of antibiotics could help avoid a near-untreatable strain of S. typhi emerging. The Economist, "A strain of typhoid could become virtually untreatable," 26 Apr. 2018 However, a subsequent visit to Alfie and consultation with his doctors led the Roman doctors to conclude that the child's condition is irreversible and untreatable, according to a statement from Alder Hey. Susan Scutti, CNN, "British toddler Alfie Evans' fate to be decided by UK High Court," 25 Apr. 2018

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1865, in the meaning defined above

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un·​treat·​able | \ -ˈtrēt-ə-bəl How to pronounce untreatable (audio) \

Medical Definition of untreatable

: not susceptible to medical treatment untreatable patients an untreatable disease

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