I am not sure this has been posted before.
Is 2 years considered long lasting with cancer?
I cannot find any actual definition anywhere. Have seen where some insurance companies consider 3 and 5 years as long. And there is a difference in the way remission is used. Is it a complete response (NED), going stable, or a reduction of the tumor load? For IL-2 a complete response for over 30 months indicates a cure by the Oncologists I have seen discuss it. For other immunotherapies (Ipi, PD-1), it seems to refer to at least years. Time will tell since they are so new.
I'm me, not a statistic. Praying to not be one for years yet.
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