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

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Dr. John Straus
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Straus
Dr. John Straus
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Dr. Brian Lawenda
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Depends

All cancers behave differently based on many factors: type, stage, grade, etc.
.. Although many cancers are able to be cured with treatments, but we continue to follow patients for many years. The follow-up guidelines vary based on the cancer type and the likelihood of recurrence. In general, we use the term "remission" instead of "cure" to indicate that recurrence is possible.

In brief: Depends

All cancers behave differently based on many factors: type, stage, grade, etc.
.. Although many cancers are able to be cured with treatments, but we continue to follow patients for many years. The follow-up guidelines vary based on the cancer type and the likelihood of recurrence. In general, we use the term "remission" instead of "cure" to indicate that recurrence is possible.
Dr. Brian Lawenda
Dr. Brian Lawenda
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Dr. Michael Dugan
The definition of cure is strict. One has to live long enough to die of something else
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