A popular term for a person who was diagnosed with cancer, completed the primary treatment, has been living disease-free for an extended period of time, and has no signs of recurrence when assessed by their oncology team.
Cancer survivor may be more loosely defined as a person who has survived for a prolonged period of time after the diagnosis and treatment of an aggressive cancer, regardless of whether the cancer has recurred. 8.4 million Americans are long-term cancer survivors.
Nota bene: Aggressive cancers do not include “garden variety” non-melanoma skin cancers, which respond well to local excision
Reference Ann Int Medicine 2013; 158:ITC6-2