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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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am currently in remission and have been for almost a year. Since I have cancer is my son likely to get some form of cancer as well?
Cancer: A tough but necessary question. Will most/all people with cancer usually die from cancer? Ever true remissions?
No: There are many types of cancers and people who go into remission and those who are truly a cure and are survivors. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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