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What does partial remission for cancer mean?

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Partial remission means the cancer is still there but your tumor has gotten smaller -- or in cancers like leukemia, you have less cancer throughout your body. Some doctors tell patients to think of their cancer as “chronic,” like heart disease. It’s something you will need to continue to check. If you’re in partial remission, it may mean you can take a break from treatment as long as the cancer doesn’t begin to grow again.

From: Remission: What Does It Mean? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “When Cancer Doesn’t Go Away,” “Common questions about cancer recurrence,” “Words to Describe Cancer and Its Treatment,” “Living With Uncertainty: The Fear of Recurrence.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cancer Survival Rate: What it Means for Your Prognosis.”

National Cancer Institute: “When Cancer Returns,” “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms,” “Understanding Cancer Prognosis,” “Follow Up Care After Cancer Treatment.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “When Cancer Doesn’t Go Away,” “Common questions about cancer recurrence,” “Words to Describe Cancer and Its Treatment,” “Living With Uncertainty: The Fear of Recurrence.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cancer Survival Rate: What it Means for Your Prognosis.”

National Cancer Institute: “When Cancer Returns,” “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms,” “Understanding Cancer Prognosis,” “Follow Up Care After Cancer Treatment.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

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