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Amy P

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Does anyone here know what the true definition of remission is? My Mom and I had a discussion yesterday about this because she thinks she is in remission and I think she is just stable. I thought that remission was NED and no longer receiving treatment...any thoughts?????

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Hey Amy,

This is what the NCI says, my experience has been that when many people use the word remission they mean, somewhat cured. I have heard the Oncs and nurses use it for partial stable and complete yet never qualifying the word, just using it.

[u]remission A decrease in or disappearance of signs and symptoms of cancer. In partial remission, some, but not all, signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared. In complete remission, all signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared, although cancer still may be in the body.[/u]

Good luck with your mothers fight


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