What does remission mean?
Remission is one of the best words
you can hear from your vet after a diagnosis - it's a sign that the treatment plan you are using is working and can
offer a great deal of hope and optimism. But, Remission does NOT mean that the cancer is gone. It
simply means that all clinical signs of the cancer are gone. For example, in the case of lymphoma, your
dog has achieved complete
remission when the vet can no longer find any enlarged lymph nodes in their body.
While some dogs stay in remission permanently (and are ultimately considered cured), many cancers will come out of remission
at some point. When that happens, the vet may recommend repeating the treatment plan used initially to induce another remission.
That may mean another surgery or another round of chemotherapy using the same or different drugs, in order to get the cancer
back under control.