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  • Martin
    It is my understanding that you are considered cured after two years for non-seminoma and 5 years for seminoma. The clock starts ticking with the first time cancer could no longer be traced in your body.

    There is always the chance for a recurrence - these numbers are all based on statistics. So, if your glass is half empty then you will be in one long remission. My oncologist being an optimist has already called me cured for the last half year - with a little footnote, naturally.


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  • dadmo
    Our oncologist said that with tc you are in remission for two years after the end of chemo and then you are considered cured.

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  • Eric
    I think you can call it "complete remission" and it will be a definitive cure in 5 years.

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  • justinsmom
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    remission vs. cured

    i am confused between cured and remission (hopefully I haven't asked this already somewhere) Here is the definition from ACS web site for remission:

    Detailed Guide: Cancer (General Information)
    What Is Remission?

    Remission is a period of time when the cancer is responding to treatment or is under control. In a complete remission, all the signs and symptoms of the disease disappear. It is also possible for a patient to have a partial remission in which the cancer shrinks but does not completely disappear. Remissions can last anywhere from several weeks to many years. Complete remissions may continue for years and be considered cures. If the disease returns, another remission often can occur with further treatment. A cancer that has recurred may respond to a different type of therapy, including a different drug combination.

    So if no more cancer was found when they removed Justin's abdominal tumor is he in remission or cured? His oncologist said he was cured but I didn't know what constituted "remission". Thanks, Lanette