Durable remission this diagnosis is achieved when there are no measurable signs of cancer and there have been no signs for a reasonable length of timemost oncologists consider a remission durable after fourteen to twenty one days if a patient cannot stay in remission between treatments it is typically not an effective treatment. As this may not mean the cancer has been completely cured it is sometimes referred to as complete remission progression free survival progression free survival measures the length of time after treatment has started where the cancer does not worsen or spread the goal of most cancer trials is to reach a durable response . Survival durable tumor remission and long term safety in patients with advanced melanoma receiving nivolumab sharfman wh drake cg et al durable cancer regression off treatment and effective reinduction therapy with an anti pd 1 antibody clin cancer res 2013 19462 468. A durable remission means no detectable cancer when off all treatment i am a gleason 9 who has been in remission for 29 months but i am on firmagon xtandi and avodart i just stopped the xtandi because of side effects. What you need to know if your cancer goes into remission skip to main content cancer survival rate what it means for your prognosis life after a brain tumor one mans story
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