Remission cancer definition
The period of time during which a person in treatment for cancer is free from symptoms though the cancer may still be in the body. In complete remission all symptoms disappear; in partial remission some or most symptoms go away. Remission is generally the result, or may be the goal, of RADIATION THERAPY or CHEMOTHERAPY.
Remission may last months to years, depending on the type of cancer. Alternating periods of remission and RECURRENCE (return of the cancer and its symptoms) characterize some cancers, such as chronic LYMPHOMA, chronic LEUKEMIA, KAPOSI’S SARCOMA, and SKIN CANCER.
See also METASTASIS.