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Can Terminal Cancers Go Into Remission
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" tumors (cancer of the breast, lung, liver, colon, etc.) or "liquid" tumors (leukemias and lymphomas). Solid tumors that are stage 4 may go into remission but almost always come back. Liquid tumors that are stage 4 can often be cured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 are treated with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Some patients require all 3 types of treatment in order to go into remission. ...Read more
Help please? What is the difference between cancer going into remission and it no longer existing?
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). In other cases, it's still present in microscopic form and thus undetectable. Those are the ones that "come back" months or years later. They don't come back, they were never gone. Only time can sometimes help tell one from the other. ...Read more
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 is stable...And the disease is not actively growing. Patients can live a very long time with prostate ca in the bones or with an elevated psa. Check with your doctor on what your psas have been doing over time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean when the CA19-9 level goes back to the normal range when someone has pancreatic cancer? Is this a sign of remission?
Well....: If it was elevated before surgery and now is normal, I would say it is a very good thing BUT, that as of itself does not mean it is in remission or that it will stay that way. Cancer can exist in microscopic form and often there is no way to know for sure, be it with labs or even with scans. Such patient will need long term follow up and maybe even consider post operative therapy. Best 2U! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My girlfriend has just been diagnosed with grade 3 breast cancer if she goes into remission what are the chances it comes back?
Stage 3 or grade 3?: Grade reflects the appearance in microscope view and can be associated w/ any stage. Stage 3 cancers are further divided in 3a & 3b with wide range of survival/recurrence. Stage is the predictor you want to know. Please check w/ your doctor for specific term. ...Read more
My girlfriend has just been diagnosed with grade 3 breast cancer if she goes into remission what do we do?
Continued followup. : If you really mean grade 3 breast cancer that is usually referring to pathologic type, but has much less significance than stage 3 breast cancer, which is a more advanced breast cancer, usually with significant size and invasion and/or spread to lymph nodes. In any case, if she goes into remission by being treated she needs continued followup for which this depends on the stage and treatment. ...Read more
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