That question is ambiguous. Remission varies and there is no known reason that it lasts longer for some advanced patients than those that thought they were cured. Is it the care, the treatment, or just plain luck? Also what is remission? <0.1 is generally accepted. But the truth be told all of us have a chance of return. I don't want to scare anybody. But stage I with a gleason 2 can return. Not likely but if you entered all the posibilities into a "calculater" then you'll notice that there is no such thing as 100% cured. My chance of cure is less than 10%. What I understand is that the Gleason will represent the recurrance rate more than anything else. Including stage. If you have a Gleason 10, then you face an uphill battle. But that is not a terminal illness necessarily. Your question from what I know cannot be answered definitively. For me I hope it is 40 years.
I just have revised my response. I am certain the answer is no if taking your question verbatum. Nobody can state that they know. But I leave my first response for all to review. I like your question and took it to mean WHY can't we define our remission.
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 8/12/2007 12:27:00 AM (GMT-6)