Many people seem to have a distorted and incorrect definition of the word "remission", as used on patients with cancer. Most generally, people seem to believe that going into remission means that the patient is treated safely and successfully.
However, according to the American Cancer Society, remission cancer is a "time when the cancer is responding to treatment or is under control. In remission the cancer completely, all signs and symptoms disappear. .. Complete cancer exemptions may continue for several years and be considered cures. "
So someone who does not go into remission cancer signs or symptoms of cancer. No matter how many cancer cells are still going strong and growing in the patient's body, for any time not because of "signs and symptoms," the patient is said to be in remission.
Oddly enough, there is much discussion in the advertisements for traditional cancer treatments regarding the extension in the length of life for the patient. And there are many discussions about the quality of life for the patient.
These two concepts are ignored when talking about "cancer remission
" in a patient. Typically speaking, cancer remission refers to shrinkage in the size of a tumor or changes in any of tumor markers. Tumor markers are substances, usually proteins, which are produced by the body in response to cancerous growth or tissues. However, many markers are also found in non-cancerous conditions so they are not really a good diagnostic tool for cancer.
Traditional cancer therapies are successful in shrinking tumors and reducing tumor markers. For this reason, cancer remission is used as the indication of "successful" treatment of cancer.
Cancer remission does not necessarily mean the patient does not die. So as an example, a patient is said to have been successfully treated for cancer if the therapies put them into remission, even if I die of pneumonia. Despite the fact that pneumonia was only fatal because of the cancer therapies, because cancer remission existed, it was successful treatment.
For most people, no treatment that still results in death should be considered a success. However, when it comes to cancer remission, this is exactly what can happen when they pursue only traditional cancer treatment options.
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