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Why doesn't cancer treatment end after remission is achieved?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Which cancer?

Adjuvant (post surgery) treatment does have an end.
Some metastatic treatments usually end at a maximum number of cycles of therapy (eg lung cancer - 6). Some treatments are continued in the advanced/metastatic setting until progressive disease or toxicity because they have been proven to (or thought to) improve survival.

In brief: Which cancer?

Adjuvant (post surgery) treatment does have an end.
Some metastatic treatments usually end at a maximum number of cycles of therapy (eg lung cancer - 6). Some treatments are continued in the advanced/metastatic setting until progressive disease or toxicity because they have been proven to (or thought to) improve survival.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Remission

Remission is a term meaning that there are no visible signs of a cancer (on exam or scans) but we know that it can often take many more cycles of chemotherapy to actually cure cancers.
The number of cycles depends on many things such as the exact type of tumor and stage. You should talk with your oncologist about what the expected treatment plan will be.

In brief: Remission

Remission is a term meaning that there are no visible signs of a cancer (on exam or scans) but we know that it can often take many more cycles of chemotherapy to actually cure cancers.
The number of cycles depends on many things such as the exact type of tumor and stage. You should talk with your oncologist about what the expected treatment plan will be.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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