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can terminal cancer go into remission

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
20 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes: Yes. Remission means "not seen"; however, the cancer may still be present on the molecular (few cells) level and return.
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Dr. Devon Webster
22 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes: It depends on the type of cancer. "terminal" usually means stage 4 cancer that has spread throughout the body. Cancers can be thought of as "solid" ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Dr. Kris Gast answered
31 years experience Radiation Oncology
ProstateCAremission : The term remission has been historically used for leukemia patients. Prostate cancer can be stable with the use of "hormones". This would mean the psa ... Read More
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Dr. Jesse Mills
20 years experience Urology
Sort of: The cancer can grow slower especially with treatment to reduce testosterone levels or some of the newer prostate cancer chemotherapy drugs.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Lin
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No, but yes under...: Once prostate cancer spreads to far sites, it will progress, though at various pace among affected men. Clinically, its remission may take place upon ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Linson
24 years experience Radiation Oncology
Depends on treatment: There are 100's of different kinds of cancer. Cancer treatment will depend on the cancer type, stage, and grade, and health of the patient. Patients ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
35 years experience Medical Oncology
Can be tricky: A cancer is in complete remission when it's not detectable by physical exam, labs, or scans. In some cases, the cancer is gone for good (cured). ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
Rarely: It really depends somewhat on the type of cancer. Generally, spontaneous remission is very rare, but not impossible.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
35 years experience Medical Oncology
Varies: That depends a lot on the type of cancer, the type of chemo, how healthy is the patient, and what symptoms we are talking about (cancer vs. Chemo rela ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
28 years experience Radiation Oncology
No: We are often afraid to say "cure" and "remission" seems safer when describing the absence of signs & symptoms of cancer on eval, tests, etc during fol ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
22 years experience Medical Oncology
They're the same: Different doctors use different terms to mean different things, but if you are cancer-free you are in remission. If there is little to no chance your ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
40 years experience General Surgery
DEPENDS: Certainly, there are variable ways to check for recurrence, depending on the type of cancer for which you were treated. Your doctor and/or oncologist ... Read More

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