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is there a difference between being cancer free and being in remission

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Natarajan Raman
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Synonyms: These terms are used interchangeably when you have finished cancer treatments and have no medically detectable evidence of cancer.

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience Medical Oncology
Difficult question: Part of this depends on the type of leukemia: acute or chronic. The standard thought is 5 years for acute leukemia. However, the risk of relapse is si ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 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 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
About 90%: With proper treatment five year survival is about 90%. See this site for more information. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ov ... Read More
A 89-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
38 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Past experience: "cancer-free" is a poor choice of words when you are still receiving therapy. We never know when the last cancer cell is gone. A better term would be ... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes , many do!: The modern treatments can cure more than half of stage 2 pateints and some of the stage 3 pateints also. But it is dependent on the type of Cancer. Fo ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Very low: I'm glad she got a good result. Teen leukemia / lymphoma recurs in a few years if it's going to recur. She may be at risk for some other tumor because ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Misconception: Only a handful of cancers produce ca19-9, and even then it's won't be detectable at a significant level unless there's enough mass of the cancer to pr ... Read More
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