"Remission" for oligometastatic prostate cancer
As I mentioned in another post, I have prostate cancer with a single metastasis to T3, treated initially with debulking surgery to the spinal lesion, then with SBRT to the metastasis site and the prostate itself, and Degarelix (Firmagon) and Apalutamide (Erleada) medication since diagnosis 2 years ago.
At my last visit in July, the head of my oncology team told me I was in "full remission." Another, younger oncology resident had told me earlier that the term "remission" does not apply when the cancer is being controlled with medication.
For others with oligometastatic PC (< 4–5 metastases), have your ocologists used words like "remission" or even "cure"? I understand that it's an active debate within the discipline.