How do you know you are cured? Have you heard of the AMAS test for determining if any cancer cells remain after cancer treatments are done?
you for visiting my web site and asking such an insightful question.
I had not heard of the AMAS test, but searching using that term
in PubMed showed only a small number of articles.
I am struck by how few published studies there are for something for which early research has shown some promise. I do not know why that would be. Your indication of concern for both false positives and false negatives is likely the real problem as a stand-alone test.
I know that I have seen recent research focusing on evaluating other tumor markers both in the blood stream and in the bone marrow as a means of detection, staging, and evaluating treatments. Here is one recent abstract.
Your concern is very, very, very common. I remember from support groups I attended that women truly agonized over *not knowing*. Studies have shown that x-rays and bone and liver scans that have been commonly done in the past as screening for recurrence do not actually help detect cancer in a time frame that adds any meaningful life span; thus they are not usually done now unless a women is symptomatic in some way.
For myself, I do not know if I am *cured*, such a loaded word, or even truly cancer-free. Instead, I have simply chosen to consider myself cancer-free until someone tells me otherwise. :-) I have made many, many changes in my lifestyle, attitudes, etc, etc. and will simply focus on living as opposed to the fear of dying.
I do hope this has been helpful in some small way. :-)
My best wishes to you for continued good health, healing, and hope!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD
faq posted 5/05
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