Remission simply means there are no visible signs of mesothelioma in a patient. Mesothelioma survivors, therefore, are said to be in remission.
Working Toward Remission
The goal for all patients is to achieve remission of their disease. Although mesothelioma typically has a short prognosis relative to more common types of cancer, many patients have beat the odds and put their cancer into remission. Read stories of how mesothelioma survivors have reached remission in our free Mesothelioma Survivor’s Guide.
Remission is the dream of every mesothelioma patient and family member. Cancer of any kind isn’t considered “curable” because of the possibility of the cancer returning. However, when a patient reaches a point post-treatment where there is no visible sign of the cancer left in their body, they are said to be in remission.
Treatments That Lead to Remission
Finding a mesothelioma specialist who can offer the most advanced treatment options is key to reaching remission. Life-saving treatments include radical surgeries, tailored chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and novel therapies available through avenues such as clinical trials.
A mesothelioma diagnosis can be unnerving. However, it is worth remembering many patients have lived, and are living, years past their initial prognosis by finding the best doctors, the best treatments, and keeping their hopes up. Get connected to a specialist who can help you reach remission in our free Doctor Match program.
What Does It Mean to Be In Remission?
When doctors can no longer detect the presence of mesothelioma it is said to be in remission. Doctors tend to prefer this definition to using the word “cure” because, although they may not be able to detect cancer with current testing methods, the disease may still be present in undetectable amounts.
Additionally, any chronic disease that has the potential to relapse, or begin spreading again, is said to be incurable. Despite this, there are many survivors who have lived long, full lives once their cancer went into remission.
After a patient reaches remission, follow-up appointments are essential to making sure the patient’s mesothelioma is still in remission and stays there. The frequency of these appointments varies with each patient but more visits are usually required in patients who had a more serious diagnosis.