Partial response?

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I spoke to my specialist nurse today, and she’s been told by the oncologist that she is allowed to tell me that my CT scan shows a partial response. Does anyone have any idea what that means? I don’t have my oncology appointment until 5th September. My mind is going into overdrive trying to work out what this could mean. My nurse didn’t sound particularly confident. 

  • Hi  a partial response most likely is what it says…… the treatment has not done a complete job so further treatment may well be needed…… but this can be rather different across different cancer types.

    I have a rare blood cancer so I have had partial response a number of times over my 24 years and this meant I had to have further treatments.

    You may want to ask your question on your cancer type support groups and see if the group members have experienced similar.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

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  • Thanks for your reply. I’ve already been told I’ll need further treatment, otherwise I only have a prognosis of 6-12 months.

  • It’s rather daunting when you get told news like this.

    Back in late 2013 I was in the same position as my rare blood cancer had become very aggressive so if the treatment plan put in place did not work I had a few years in the clock…… I am now coming up to 8 years out from my last treatment…. I wish you well and there is always hope until hope runs out.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

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  • Thanks for your comment. It’s always good to hear of others beating the odds. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have a rare cancer. I’m lucky to have bowel cancer which is often treatable. As you can imagine I’m anxious waiting for this scans results, as it’ll determine if I have any other options. I remain hopeful and as positive as I can! Thanks again.

  • My type of Cutaneous T-Cell Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is actually incurable so it may well kick off again.

    The reassuring thing is that over the past 8 years a few new treatments have come along so there is possibly of a safety net for me depending on how it would present.

    All the very best as you move forward and let’s look for good news to come your way.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

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