Experiences with Remission

Remission is a period of time when cancer treatments are working or the cancer is in control; remission is also when all the signs and symptoms of cancer have gone away and no cancer cells are found. Remission can last for weeks or years. Remission does not mean you are cured. You can be in a state of remission for years and the cancer can still recur. If you are treated after recurrence, then you can re-enter remission. This pattern is common among cancer patients. However, a lot of cancer patients consider complete remissions to be cures when they have hit “the five-year mark”. A partial remission is when the cancer has shrunk but has not completely disappeared.

To be in remission is exciting and relieving for cancer patients; however, it can also be scary. The thought that the cancer could still come back is daunting. WhatNexter’s have admitted that they have had to swallow the fear of recurrence and embrace the state of remission. A lot of cancer patients wrestle with the thought of being in remission versus being cured or balancing the hope of remission versus facing the reality of cancer. A lot of WhatNexter’s wonder, “Is there such a thing as permanent remission?”. The five-year mark is not a guarantee that cancer is gone forever, however it is an extreme accomplishment and gives a reason for congratulations, celebration, and hope.

  1. 4 days ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Cancer free according to my CT after chemo for a reoccurence in 2018.

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    • DeniBro
    • Experience with Stromal Tumor, Ovarian...
    13 days ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    11/11/2015 was told NED...

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    • Momg
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    17 days ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I am in remission, but I truly feel bad at least 15 days out of the month.i will have good days but not consistent.

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  2. 25 days ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Cancer gone and stayed away for one year...

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  3. 29 days ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    In February 2018 I was deemed too high risk for stem cell transplant for mantle cell lymphoma. No further treatment options current...

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    • jomak
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I was notified after my scans in late November 2017 that I was in FULL REMISSION...tears of joy soon followed.

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    • Lex88
    • Experience with Large Cell Neuroendocrin...
    about 1 month ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    In remission since May 2018

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  4. about 1 month ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Great news from my Dr. team @ MDA Houston this week! MRI of brain is clear! This was round #5 for me & it has taken a little more to...

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    • GilDBA
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Ly...
    3 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Had scan 5 months post chemo and all is clear. Getting port out soon!

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  5. 3 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    100 days post transplant a bone marrow biopsy was performed and it was determined I was in complete remission.

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    • Sharma8
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Thymu...
    3 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I had been cancer free for 5 years. Yay!

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    • wilbie
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    She had been in remmision for 2 years now. Her check up has been good no signs of cancer coming back.

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