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Updated August 15, 2011

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When cancer returns after treatment has ended and when the cancer was not detectable by medical tests, it is referred to as a recurrence. Recurrence may be detected by follow-up exams by a doctor or by signs and symptoms a person may be experiencing. Cancer recurrence can be organized into three categories: local, regional and distant.

  • Local recurrence refers to cancer being found at the original cancer site.
  • Regional recurrence means that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and the general area of the original cancer site.
  • Distant recurrence refers to cancer that has spread to another area of the body.
It can be difficult to cope with a cancer recurrence. Anxiety, sadness, anger and moodiness are just a few of the emotions someone may feel. If you are facing a cancer recurrence, here are some excellent ways to cope.
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