I found myself looking for a nebulous condition called “remission.” In talking with other cancer patients, I find that one word has a special connotation. It is the word “remission.” I have found that I can be in “remission” and feel that I am cured. Yet this word does not mean that I have completely healed. What does it mean?
Remission is a very common term for cancer patients who have experienced complete remission of their cancer. Remission means:
(a) complete remission of all signs of cancer; and (b) the total lack of any detectable residual cancer cells or tumor tissue after complete surgical resection or radiation therapy.
Since there is no definitive scientific definition, it is sometimes used as an adjective to describe a person who has had a complete recovery from their disease or condition. It may also be used as a noun to describe something that has been removed from someone’s body, such as an amputation or removal of a tumor. Remission may also be used in medical terms to refer to someone’s survival rate following treatment for their disease or condition. Most people would not use this term to refer to someone who has already had all their symptoms removed from their body since it implies that they are alive but unwell, rather than cured. However, some doctors may use this phrase in the same way that some people use the word “cured,” when referring to someone with cancer who has completely recovered from their disease or condition and no longer needs treatment for it. In other words, these doctors may use “remission” in the same way they would use “cured.”
In order to better understand the medical meaning of remission, we must first understand the medical definition of remission. According to the medical definition of remission, a person’s disease or condition may have been completely cured by the use of treatment. However, the use of treatment does not mean that the person is cured. In this sense, remission is a synonym for “cured” and may be used in medical terms when describing someone who has had their symptoms removed from their body and is no longer unwell.
The term “remission” was first used by doctors in 1883 as an alternative to “cure” in order to describe people who had recovered from their disease or condition. The word “cure” was used because doctors believed that some people did not recover from their disease or condition even though it was removed from their bodies; therefore, they believed that there was still some residual effect left behind which could be detected by doctors. By replacing the word “cure” with “remission,” doctors were able to explain how a person’s symptoms were removed completely so that they could continue living and not need ongoing treatment for them.
The word “remission,” like more common words such as “cure” and “recovery,” is derived from Latin words meaning “removal” or removal of something such as an amputation. In this case, it means removing all signs of disease or illness from someone’s body so that they can live without being unwell again. The term originally referred to someone who had recovered after having all their symptoms removed but remained unwell. However, it has come to refer to someone who is in remission from a disease or condition, even though they are still unwell.
The word “remission” was often used to describe people who had the symptoms of a certain disease or condition but were not suffering from it. However, its use has started to become more generalized in the medical community and has now come to mean anyone who has recovered from a disease or condition. In some cases where there are still symptoms left behind, doctors may recommend that patients continue taking medication to help them deal with those symptoms. However, in most cases, where there are no residual effects of the disease or condition remaining after removing it, doctors will simply tell patients that they have been cured of their illness or condition.