If you or a loved one has ever battled cancer, the term “remission” inspires hope and relief. After challenging drug therapy or radiation treatments, it’s what every patient hopes to hear from their doctor.
The good news: being in remission indicates a measurable improvement of your cancer diagnosis. Some signs of remission are diminishing tumors, improving symptoms, or less cancer in your body overall. Generally, remission means that you can reduce or stop your treatment, at least temporarily.
Unfortunately, as anyone who has fought cancer knows, cancer care is rarely as clear-cut as we’d like it to be. Remission is more complicated than simply being done with treatment.
So, what does remission really mean?