Though there is still no cure for cancer, there are more cancer survivors than ever. With the most recent data, the National Cancer Institute estimated there were more than 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States in 2019. This number is expected to grow to more than 20 million by 2030.\r\n\r\nAdvancements in treatment and <a href="\/mesothelioma\/diagnosis\/">diagnostic tools<\/a> have enabled more people to achieve cancer remission, even in the face of rare cancers, such as <a href="\/mesothelioma\/">mesothelioma<\/a>. Although remission is a great milestone in one\u2019s cancer journey, it shouldn\u2019t be confused with being cured of cancer for good. Patients must understand the types of remission they may experience, as well as the likelihood of cancer recurrence.\r\n<h2>What Is Cancer Remission?<\/h2>\r\nIn general, there are two types of cancer remission that patients may hear about in their own cancer care: partial remission or complete remission. Though any type of remission is considered good news, depending on if the remission is partial or complete, patients may see different:\r\n<ol>\r\n \t<li>Post-treatment care plans<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Recurrence rates<\/li>\r\n<\/ol>\r\n<h3>What Is Partial Remission in Cancer?<\/h3>\r\n<strong>Partial remission<\/strong> is also referred to as partial response. It is achieved when a patient\u2019s tumors have shrunk by at least 50% in size and remain shrunken for at least one month.