Lymphoma remission gaz 67 for sale


To hear that your cancer has gone into remission is like having a smothering weight lifted off your chest. Unfortunately, the idea of "remission", while initially self-evident, does not always translate neatly into the real world. There are dozens of factors involved in making a lymphoma diagnosis and describing the progression of the disease, from the type of lymphoma involved to past history to the patient’s age. To fully understand the term "lymphoma remission", you have to look at a few of the more specific terms used by oncologists.

With most cancers, the success of treatment is not a black-and-white matter; results lie on a continuum from cured to non-responsive, and all points in between. Lymphoma is no different. Oncologists use a scale of six to eight levels to discuss and quantify the success of various therapies. These levels include the following:

1. Cure – This is only used very cautiously, and even then only for some types of lymphomas. No signs of cancer have been detected in the lymphatic system for a long period. Low-grade lymphomas have a tendency to resurface, even after many years, so it is uncommon to used the word "cure" for any of these.

2. Complete Remission – All signs of the disease have vanished and it is undetectable using current tests. The longer a patient is in complete remission, the better his long-term prognosis, with long-term remission often called durable remission. Patients also enjoy calling this stage No Evidence of Disease, or NED.

2a. Complete Remission (unconfirmed) – All signs point to a complete remission, but there is something suspicious. This could be a lump that may be scar tissue or maybe not, or unclear blood work. Functionally the same as complete remission, but with some doubt mixed in.

3. Molecular Remission – In certain types of lymphoma, like the bone marrow or blood, advanced imaging techniques can allow oncologists to isolate individual cancer cells among thousands of healthy cells. This degree of remission means that macroscopic assemblages of cancer cells are gone, but minute traces remain.

The hope in treating any subtype of lymphoma is that it results in lymphoma remission and eventually a cure. That is the hope. However, the goal of treatment is often a bit more modest, since not all lymphomas are considered curable. Lymphoma Remission: Partial and Complete

Doctors discuss lymphoma remission according to the patient’s response to treatment. This response cannot be adequately measured for several weeks after the patient’s last treatment. Lymphoma remission is listed as either partial remission or complete remission. Depending on the subtype of lymphoma and whether the disease is considered indolent or aggressive, either one of these outcomes may be regarded as the best possible scenario.

For instance, aggressive lymphomas can often be brought into complete remission by combination chemotherapy or chemotherapy and radiation (if necessary). In this case, a patient’s PET/CT scan would come up ‘clean’ (no visible evidence of cancer appears on the scan), and each subsequent scan for several years would also come up clean. During this time the patient would be considered to be in lymphoma remission. The longer they remain in complete lymphoma remission, the better their chances that they have achieved a cure. Generally speaking, a patient will be considered ‘cured’ of their lymphoma if after five years they are still cancer-free.

Meanwhile, complete lymphoma remission is not generally a viable consideration when discussing indolent or slow-growing lymphomas because current treatments are unable to completely clear a patient of indolent lymphoma. In these cases, partial lymphoma remission is often the hope and the goal. This too would be measured according to PET/CT scans that begin several weeks after therapy has ended. Provided their disease has not progressed from one scan to the next, these patients are regarded as having a stable disease and remain in partial lymphoma remission. Depending on the cancer and the individual, partial lymphoma remission can last for several months, several years, or the rest of their lives Sources