Definition Of Remission

In broad terms, a complete remission CR in AML is defined as the inability to detect leukemia, using standard tests i.e., peripheral blood smears, bone marrow biopsy and aspirate, and flow cytometry to the greatest extent possible. It does not indicate or imply cure, though patients may mistake the two and assume that CR and cure are equivalent.1 Another way of approaching this concept is to consider the following thought experiment. When a patient presents with AML, he or she presumably has...