• Remission vs cured

    Asked by Modern on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Remission vs cured

    So my dr said that he believed I was in remission and would confirm it with a scan and I only need to finish two more cycles and I can move on I was so excited about this news I forgot to ask what the difference between cured and remission is (yes I know that was dumb but I wasn't focusing on semantics at the time) so anyone know what's up?

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Remission is when your cancer is no lomger active and there is no signs of activ cancer inside you. You are not considered "cured" until you have been cancer free or in remision for 5 years. This is a medical deffinition for cured so that ststistics use the same basis. Some of us that have been fighting for long times may not cosider ourselves cured at the 5 year mark as we will always worry about reoccurance and some people may consider themselves cured sooner.

      Congratulations on your milestone. You can now get on with your life and education. Have fun and learn alot, we all here are proud of you. Please keep in touch with us and let us know how you are doing we can all now root for you in collage instead of cancer. If you need help in math or science let me know.

      over 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Congratulations, what an achievement. There is no known approved cure for cancer so remission is essentually no evidence of disease present or detectable. Best of luck, Carm.

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Something is cured when every bit of the disease is gone. With cancer, there may be remaining cancer cells or activity that is not detectable. Remission means that there is no evidence of disease (NED) - which is what we all want. Congratulations on your good news, Modern!

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      At the present time there is no way to determine if there are zero cancer cells in your body because there are no tests or equipment that can determine that conclusively. So in most cases, cancers are diagnosed as having no evidence of disease (NED) or in remission when all tests conducted do no detect any cancer cells. Being cured has nothing to do with being NED or in remission for 5 years or any particular length of time. Those are statistical survival rates. In some cases where historical information indicates that certain types of cancers in low stages are NED, they may be labelled as "cured" because the statistical risk of recurrence is very small.

      The bottom line is that cured vs. in remission is mostly just a difference in semantics. Cancer is not a disease that runs its course like a cold or the chicken pox and then is done. Anybody can get any kind of cancer at any time, so actually everyone that has NED at any point in time is in remission, just like we are in remission from having a cold until we get the first one or the next one.

      over 8 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      Also, please note that different cancers have different "cure" points. Appendix cancer is known to recur at 10-15 years, so 5 years NED is not cured. I'll never be considered cured. However, I am in remission. Some cancers it is more straightforward, and cure is possible.

      Enjoy being NED and in remission, and I hope that you stay that way.

      over 8 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Not all cancers can be "cured." WM is incurable. It's a good thing for me that it is also "indolent." It isn't aggresive and can be treated. Right now, I'm in remission. The beast isn't dead, but it has been knocked back into its cave. There is hope that, by the time I need it, a cure may be found. If not, maybe I can knock it back into its cave again.

      over 8 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I happened on this article thought it might be of help

      over 8 years ago

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