The short answer is yes, but not always because it depends on many factors. The 5-year survival rate for women with stage I breast cancer is nearly 100 percent, stage II is 93 percent and the stage III survival rate is 72 percent. It is important to remember these statistics are estimates and not predictive of each individual case.
How likely is it to be cured of breast cancer?
Whether a person can be fully cured of breast cancer depends on a number of things. Here are a few:
- How early the cancer was detected. Generally speaking, the earlier a cancer is found, the more likely it can be cured.
- Whether it has metastasized (spread) to other cells, organs or parts of the body. It is easier to treat cancer that hasn’t spread.
- The patients’ age and health. If surgery is required for those in poor health or of advanced age, it is considered high risk.
Though breast cancer can’t always be cured, it can always be treated. Treatment may help alleviate some pain and discomfort and improve quality of life.
What is the difference between being cured of cancer and being in remission?
It is important to understand the difference between the words ‘cure’ and ‘remission.’ When a patient is said to be in a complete remission, all signs and symptoms of cancer are gone. Once a person has been in complete remission for 5 years or more, some doctors may say they are cured. However, some cancer cells may remain in the body for years following treatment.
If you or a loved one is facing a breast, cervical or ovarian cancer diagnosis, the team of credentialed and experienced oncologists at HOPE Cancer Center of East Texas is ready to help. For further information about advanced, compassionate breast, cervical or ovarian cancer treatment in East Texas or to schedule an appointment, call us at 903.592.6152, or use our online form.