What is remission?

Remission in terms of cancer means that there is no detectable cancer to treat. Because there is a chance for an undetectable tumor or cancer, doctors will not say that a patient is cured or recovered from cancer until many years after remission.
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If you're in disease remission, it means your symptoms have stopped for a period of time. Usually, this is due to treatment. Depending on the disease and other factors, remission can last for days, weeks, months or years before symptoms return. In the most ideal cases, remission continues and the disease is considered "cured." The exact medical requirements for remission differ by disease. For example, people with rheumatoid arthritis are considered to be in remission when they have no noticeable arthritis symptoms, along with test results that show no signs of joint inflammation. People with some types of cancer and autoimmune diseases may also have short or long periods of remission. For some types of cancer, a cure may be said to have occured when remission lasts five years.

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