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AFTER /// CHAPTER 83
Am I cured?
What Does
Remission
Mean?
Unfortunately there isn't a high-tech
wand that can be waved over
your body to know exactly when
your body is truly clear of every
last cancer cell. Depending
on your type of cancer, blood
tests or radiographic tests will
be done that are as sensitive
as today's science allows to
try to determine this. When
all those studies come back
negative, you will be told you
are in REMISSION which
means the CANCER IS
UNDETECTABLE. You may
continue to receive therapy
past this point. That's
because it's possible that
even though we can't
detect them, some cancer
cells are still hiding out. The
prescribed length of therapy is
based on loads of experience in
patients who have come before
you. You will be given the
amount of therapy most likely
to get you into remission AND
then get rid of every last cancer
cell so you stay in remission.
CURED means A REMISSION THAT
LASTS FOR GOOD.
When it is reasonable to assume
your remission is a cure?
Ask your physician what they think
about your particular cancer and
situation. Some cancers almost
never come back if they haven't in
a couple years, others can come
back for up to 5 years and some can
recur 10 or more years later.
How long do you have to wait to use
the word cured?
Honestly, that's up to you. Some
people choose to use the word as
soon as they are in remission. Some
feel better waiting until they are off
therapy, or the 2 year or 5 year mark.
Some people use the term " cancerfree "
which is a nice term that sort
of has a better ring than remission
but acknowledges that cure implies
a crystal ball that we don't have.
What if they told me I was in
remission and the cancer comes
back? Is that a new cancer?
Although cancer survivors are at
risk for new cancers too, if your
cancer " comes back " it means
you were in a remission but you
weren't cured. Cells from your
same, original cancer that were
undetectable have now duplicated
and grown again and are now
detectable by a blood test or scan.
You will likely to treated with a
different approach or medicine
than the first time since it did not
succeed in getting rid of all your
cancer cells.
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