Does Cancer Remission Cure?

Remission means that the signs and symptoms of the cancer have decreased. It can be partial or complete. When a person experiences complete cancer remission, all signs and symptoms of the disease are gone. This article examines what it means to be in remission. It also examines the types of remission, what follow-up care a person can expect, and when to contact a doctor after going into remission.

What does cancer remission mean?

Being in remission refers to a time when cancer treatment is kicking in and keeping the disease under control. Remission can last from a few weeks to several years during or after treatment. A person must show a reduction in the number or severity of their symptoms to be in remission. Remission does not mean that a person is cured of cancer. If a person’s cancer is cured, it means that no traces of the disease remain in the body and it will not return. Since there may still be cancer cells in the body, the cancer can come back or come back.

types of remission

There are two types of remission: partial remission and complete remission.
Partial remission means that the cancer has responded positively to treatment and has shrunk. Although this can mean that a person has fewer symptoms of the disease, the disease has not completely disappeared.

Complete remission means all signs, symptoms, and traces of cancer cells are gone. After 5 years of complete remission, some doctors can say that a person is cured.
A complete remission does not necessarily mean that the cancer is completely gone, as it can come back years later. But even if the disease returns after complete remission, a new round of treatment can put the cancer back into remission.

Follow-up care after remission

When a person starts cancer treatment, the doctor needs to monitor how they are responding. If a person achieves a partial response, the oncology team may need to adjust treatment to achieve a complete response. After a complete remission, the person must undergo regular check-ups. These tests look for signs of the cancer coming back, which could indicate that further treatment is needed.

For the first 2 or 3 years after treatment, a person usually needs check-ups every 3 or 4 months. After that, it only needs to come out once or twice a year. These visits include a physical exam, blood work, and other tests specific to the person’s previous cancer.

During these appointments, the person can talk about any emotional or physical issues they are having. She should also discuss any new or ongoing symptoms. The presence of symptoms does not necessarily mean that the cancer has returned.

A person may discuss the following with the doctor:

– the use of new medications or dietary supplements
– any physical problems that could interfere with daily life
– Changes in family history
– Symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Cancer treatment can also cause side effects that appear months or years after treatment. These effects are referred to as late effects. Because these effects are specific to the treatment the person was undergoing, the doctor will have discussed late effects to watch for during follow-up.
The person should inform the doctor about the onset of late effects.

What does relapse mean?

Recurrence means that the cancer has come back after complete remission. Although most cancers come back within the first five years, they can come back several years later. Cancer can return where it started or elsewhere in the body. Doctors will do tests to find out if the cancer is the same as the previous one or if a new type of cancer has developed.

Does cancer keep coming back after remission?

When a person is in remission after treatment, the cancer doesn’t always come back. Doctors cannot predict the likelihood of the disease recurring. However, the risk of recurrence is higher when the cancer is growing rapidly, is more advanced, or is more generalized. Even if a relapse occurs, with treatment a person can potentially go back into complete remission.

When to See a Doctor After Remission?

Your doctor will likely recommend frequent check-ups for the first few years. He can then recommend checks once or twice a year after 2 or 3 years. You should let your doctor know if you have any unusual signs or symptoms that could indicate your cancer has come back. Should the disease return, most do so within the first 5 years of complete remission. Cancer grows and comes back at different rates. A person’s doctor is the best person to tell them when to come for check-ups.


Remission means that the symptoms and signs of cancer have decreased. People can be in partial or complete remission. Partial remission means the cancer and its symptoms are still present but under control. Complete remission means that tests can no longer detect the disease in the body and its symptoms and signs have disappeared. Being in remission does not mean a person is cured as the cancer can come back. However, if the disease recurs, those affected can achieve complete remission with further treatment.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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