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Breast Cancer Recurrence

Recurrence Or Progression: What Is The Difference?

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Progression is when cancer spreads or gets worse. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between recurrence and progression.

There is no standard period of time that defines recurrence versus progression. Most doctors consider a cancer to be a recurrence if you had no signs of cancer for at least a year. If your cancer has been gone for only 3 months, this would most likely be a progression of your disease. With a short period of time, the medical community would assume that the cancer never totally went away even though it could not be found by any existing tests.

Your doctor will tell you whether your cancer is a recurrence or a progression and what that means to you.

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