I don't think it's just semantics, the terms both have real meaning, and they mean different things. For personal reasons, I don't like it when medical people use the term "cured" for any form of cancer. My father died of spinal mets less than six months after a radiation oncologist pronounced him cured.
I suppose the way I'd prefer to use it, is in terms of whether or not mets are proven. Once mets are proven, cure becomes academic. Fully organ contained with no BCR after 5 years is the general definition of cured. I'll go with that.
Age at Diagnosis: 56
Biopsy: 3 of 12, G3+3, all on LT side, 20%, 5%, 3%
Clinical Stage T1C
Bone Scan, CT scan negative for spread
RALP on 2/17/15, BJC St. Louis, Dr. Figenshau
No EPE, 20% organ involvement, g3+4 final
PSA 3/10/15: 0.10
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