"Cure of cancer" - a missunderstandood term

Circulating Tumor Cell (PresseBox) (Bayreuth, ) Almost every day, we read headlines like: "She was healed from breast cancer". Even Barack Obama launches the goal for America to find a 'cure' for cancer. So I asked myself, patients as well as doctors I know (and I know a lot) what the meaning of "healing" or "cure" of cancer really means.

Each and every patient told me that healing would mean to not suffering from cancer anymore, to be healthy, to stay healthy. To have no fear for cancer returning. To be able to return to normal live.

Now, turning from patients point of view to the definition doctors told me about "healing" or "cure" of cancer. Asking Medical Doctors, they told me they don't talk about "healing" or "cure", but about "complete remission".
Why do they do that? – Cure means that there are no traces of cancer after treatment and the cancer will never come back. You will hardly find any medical publications about the cure of cancer. You will much more hardly find any medical doctor telling a patient to be really cured from cancer. – Remission means that the signs and symptoms of cancer are reduced. Remission can be partial or complete. In a complete remission, all signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared.
Doctors will sometimes refer to 5-year cure rate or a 10- or more year cure rate. What they really mean by this is a 5- or more year remission rate. Still, some cancer cells can remain in the blood for many years, even after treatment. And cancer can come back some day. Studies show that, if cells remain, cancer can come back even after 30or more years. So can we ever really talk about a cancer cure? In general, the answer is no.

This is why it is so important to monitor the remaining cells in the blood.
To have a closer look if numbers change. To have the possibility to immediately act if there is a signs of cancer’s return.

With maintrac, there is a chance of monitoring in a simple and easy way. The test only needs 15 ml of patients blood to be sent to the lab in Germany which provides the actual cell numbers. With two or more tests, the trend shows decreasing, stable or (in worst case) increasing cell numbers.

Many doctors use maintrac in routine already, all over the world. Being not a big pharmaceutical company, not providing any drugs, maintrac liquid biopsy is just an independent decision aid for those who have to decide on cancer therapy.

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