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What is remission?

Remission is a period of time when the cancer responds to treatment or is considered under control. In complete remission, all symptoms or signs of the disease disappear. Partial remission describes a condition when the cancer shrinks but clinically does not disappear. Remission can last from several weeks to several years; complete remission can be considered a cure when it lasts for many years.

Can the cancer come back out of remission?

Yes, some cancers do return. This is called a relapse. However, another remission can often be induced with further treatment. If the cancer develops resistance to the initial treatment, alternative therapies or combinations of therapies should be considered.

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