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Can terminal cancers go into remission?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Do some cancers go into remission without treatment?

Do some cancers go into remission without treatment?

Yes if it happens is: Very very rare , can not count on this unusual phenomena and ignore the best available treatments , with great predicted out comes. ...Read more

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How do you get cancer to go into remission?

How do you get cancer to go into remission?

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

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Help please? What is the difference between cancer going into remission and it no longer existing?

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

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Is that true once someone has cancer that person will always have it, though it's in remission?

Is that true once someone has cancer that person will always have it, though it's in remission?

The word: 'remission' comes from leukemia therapy. For solid tumors, we use the term 'complete response' when chemo makes something go away, as in testis cancer. If it is removed or obliterated by surgery radiation, the "no evidence of disease" is used. Most recurrences are in two years. Breast and prostate can recur very late, but sometimes not at all. ...Read more

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When after a cancer patient goes into remission will they start to feel better?

When after a cancer patient goes into remission will they start to feel better?

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 related). Even then there is much variability. Some folks get to feel better right away, some take months or longer to do so. ...Read more

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Does cancer that has been in remission always come back?

It depends: Remission is a somewhat vague term. In theory, if a patient dies of something unrelated to the cancer at some point in the future, the cancer never recurred. So it is a function of life expectancy, and the aggressiveness or type of cancer. ...Read more

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What's the difference between being cancer-free and in remission?

What's the difference between being cancer-free and in remission?

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 cancer will come back, you might be considered "cured". Ask your oncologist what he or she means when using these terms! ...Read more

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Remission (Definition)

This is related to act of remitting.A condition or period n which something is remitted.It is not a cure. Complete remission means that there is no sign or symptoms of the condition like cancer or another condition partial remission means some ...Read more