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I want to know what is the difference between being cancer-free and being in remission?

I want to know what is the difference between being cancer-free and being in remission?

Synonyms: These terms are used interchangeably when you have finished cancer treatments and have no medically detectable evidence of cancer.

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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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!

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Which test does one have to take to know if a person is on remission or cancer free?

Which test does one have to take to know if a person is on remission or cancer free?

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 should be able to help with your question. Give them a call. Good luck.

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How long after being in remission with leukemia are you be considered cancer free?

How long after being in remission with leukemia are you be considered cancer free?

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 significantly high in the first 2 years, so every year after this reduces the risk of recurrence significantly if you are followed closely by your oncologist.

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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.

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What are the chances of a woman diagnose ovary cancer stage 1 to survive cancer free?

What are the chances of a woman diagnose ovary cancer stage 1 to survive cancer free?

About 90%: With proper treatment five year survival is about 90%. See this site for more information. Http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-survival-rates

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Cancer specialist: Can a person with stage 2 or 3 cancer ever become cancer free? If yes, does it depend upon the type of cancer?

Cancer specialist: Can a person with stage 2 or 3 cancer ever become cancer free? If yes, does it depend upon the type of cancer?

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. For example breast Cancer and melanoma have high cure rates after surgery has removed such tumors. Lung Cancers have lower cure rate. I hope this answers your question. Let us know if more info is needed.

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My girlfriend was diagnosed w/ leukemia lymphoma yrs ago and has been cancer free since August. She's now 27. What's the likelihood of it returning?

My girlfriend was diagnosed w/ leukemia lymphoma yrs ago and has been cancer free since August. She's now 27. What's the likelihood of it returning?

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 of chemotehrapy or radiation depending what kind she received. However, this is a relatively small risk and there's no reason you shouldn't enjoy your time together, knowing that life is never certain and should be precious, long or short.

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If ca19-9 within normal levels or negative, are you cancer free? Is there a test to show that you are in the % group that can't produce the antigen?

If ca19-9 within normal levels or negative, are you cancer free? Is there a test to show that you are in the % group that can't produce the antigen?

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 produce it. This is not a screening test. If levels drop to undetectable after surgery, it's no guarantee of a cure. It's most useful to follow and watch for recurrences of a known ca19-9 producing cancer.

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What does a cancer free pet scan show? When a pet scan shows that a person is cancer free, does that really mean they're done with cancer? Is it cured? Are there any general statistics for a person who had cancer, but a pet scan later showed that the canc

What does a cancer free pet scan show? When a pet scan shows that a person is cancer free, does that really mean they're done with cancer? Is it cured? Are there any general statistics for a person who had cancer, but a pet scan later showed that the canc

PET: Pet scans are used for diagnosis, staging, and restaging of certain kinds of cancers such as lung, colorectal, esophageal, and head and neck cancers, and for monitoring response to therapy in breast cancer. Different kinds of cancers behave differently, and there is no guarantee that a given cancer is completely "cured, " even following complete remission. In general, evidence of a complete remission on a pet scan is a very favorable prognostic sign, and indicates that treatment was successful. Followup pet scans are still performed at regular intervals, often for the patient's lifetime, in order to monitor for any possible recurrence that might require new treatment. In general, if follow-up pet scans continue to show no evidence of disease over a period of many years, the likelihood of recurrence is low.

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I've been diagnosed cancer-free. How accurate is that?

I've been diagnosed cancer-free. How accurate is that?

Great News!: Are you speaking in general terms following screening tests (mammography, colonoscopy, psa) or have you been treated for a cancer that is now gone? If you are asking about the latter, it really depends upon the type of cancer you had, the stage, and the sensitivity of the tests we have to detect cancer. It's always a challenge living w/this uncertainty--your oncologist can help you a great deal.

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How long must I be cancer free before I'm considered 'cured'?

How long must I be cancer free before I'm considered 'cured'?

Based on Type/Stage: Must know the type of cancer. Anywhere from immediate permanent cure to never, i.e. Always significant risk of reoccurrence. Five years disease free is the cutoff for being much less/low risk of recurrence.

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What would be the most common ideas to help someone celebrate becoming cancer free?

It depends: Cancer free means different things to different folks. As an oncologisty, I would like to see a person free of cancer for five years before it is time to celeberate! How to help someone celeberate, . It is like any big celeberation, party and be happy for the good result. Most importantly rermember god for his blessings and cultivate an attitude of gratitude!

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Is cancer can be a family disease? What tests should be conducted periodically to ensure im cancer free. I have a family history of cancer.

Is cancer can be a family disease? What tests should be conducted periodically to ensure im cancer free. I have a family history of cancer.

Sometimes: Some families have inherited predispositions to getting certain cancers. There are many such cancers and syndromes from brca1&2, to li-frauneni, to retinoblastoma, to lynch, and others. The testing and screening guidelines are different for each. A consult with a genetic counsellor may be in order to review the family history and make screening recommendations.

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If you are told your cancer free and have taken chemo pills why would you need radiation?

If you are told your cancer free and have taken chemo pills why would you need radiation?

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 "no evidence of cancer". With many cancers, we know from experience that without radiation the risk of cancer returning is higher, even when there is no evidence of cancer after chemo. Hence the recommendation for radiation.

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I ask my left thyroid have 20% cancer but its remove now on feb we remove the right how can im sure im cancer free thx?

Follow up: You will need follow-up exams, ultrasound, and lab tests on a regular basis. You will also need to be on thyroid hormone replacement with monitoring of blood levels. Some patients with thyroid cancer also benefit from radiotherapy or radioactive iodine. Your surgeon and/or oncologist should discuss this with you.

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When people are described as a cancer survivor does that mean the person is cancer free and for how long? What is the meaning to doctors?

When people are described as a cancer survivor does that mean the person is cancer free and for how long? What is the meaning to doctors?

It is a broad term: Anyone with a present or past diagnosis of cancer can be labelled as a cancer survivor. So I have to ask: how long have you had cancer? Is he/she in remission and cancer free or not? Once a person is cancer free for 5 or more years, then there is a good chance to be a long term cancer survivor or Cured from cancer.

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Blood tests cant tell if u have cancer but Can cancer be ruled out from blood test? If your cell counts are normal does that mean you're cancer free?

Blood tests cant tell if u have cancer but Can cancer be ruled out from blood test? If your cell counts are normal does that mean you're cancer free?

NO: Blood cell counts gives you clues only and that is when the. Cancer is advanced. ROUTINE blood counts and blood chemistry can be normal when cancer is in its early stages. That is why we use screening tests to detect early cancer

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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