Remission or cured?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-25-2013
Remission or cured?
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 10:09am

I have a friend with a 24 year old son that has Cancer and he has been in remission for almost 3 years now. Does that mean he is cured? What is the difference between remission and done with it?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 10:23am

Here is a pretty decent explanation of it:

Definition: A period of time during which symptoms of a disease are reduced (partial)or undetectable (complete).In the case of breast cancer, remission means that tests and imaging do not show evidence of the cancer, and that a doctor cannot see signs of the cancer during a clinical exam.

It does not mean the same thing as cure because if even one cancer cell is still in your body, the small possibility exists that the cancer may return.
Pronunciation: ree-MISH-un
Common Misspellings: remisshun, remissien

After chemotherapy, radiation, and five years of hormone therapy, since no symptoms had reappeared, my cancer was pronounced to be in remission.

and one more:

Question: What is cancer remission?
Answer: Cancer remission is often thought to mean that the cancer has been cured. However, this is not always true.

There are different classifications of remission - complete and partial remission.

Complete remission means that there are no signs or symptoms of cancer. This can mean the cancer has been cured, or cancer may still be present in the body.

Partial remission refers to the point when few signs and symptoms of cancer remain, however there is a noticeable decrease of cancer cells.