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.

    • PatriSolo
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esop...
    5 days ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    PET scan showed slight increase in GE Junction activity, so did another scope with 6 biopsies, no cancer at all and the tissue was r...

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    • Imicara
    • Experience with Anal Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Learned that I am in remission. My doctor told me that of the three cancers (anal, colon, rectum), anal is the best to have. The...

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    • theatregal
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Bre...
    about 1 month ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    As I said, last Sep 2016 it looked as though the cancer was back, but the growth was benign, so I am 4 years cancer free. I had my ...

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    • SueRose
    • Experience with Nodal Marginal Zone B-...
    about 1 month ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Four rounds of chemo and pet scan showed no evidence of cancer. This is good news!!!!

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    • Ladybuggs
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal C...
    3 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I was in remission for almost 5 years... but I found out last week that I have two tumors in my brain that are most likely from the ...

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    • sroch
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian Tu...
    3 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Most recent PET scan showed no cancer....can only hope and pray it continues this way! so grateful for all my family and friends for...

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    • Tanseyj
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esopha...
    3 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Haven't been on for awhile? I am now cancer free for almost a year. Had speech therapy before being able to ear again after Ivor Lew...

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    • klaw79
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    3 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I didn't come on this site much when I was going through treatment a year and two months ago. I found a support group on Facebook th...

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    • LaurenLane
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopi...
    3 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    October 15th 2012, I rang that bell! Went back into treatment July of 2014 for 18 more Chemo/Dreamo treatments. Still being driven ...

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    • PatriSolo
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esop...
    3 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    PET and CT have confirmed I am No Effective Disease. All tumors gone!! Praise God!!!

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    • Gymmom
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)
    4 months ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Had another CT on January 26th, and it shows I'm still in remission. :-) Fifteen months and counting!

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

    Celebration

    Just had my CT scan and blood work for CEA. I am NED and I am encouraged .

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