If you have stage 3 lung cancer, you’ve likely wondered if it’s possible for your lung cancer to go into remission. Though stage 3 lung cancer is generally not considered curable, it is treatable. With the development of new and promising lung cancer treatments, more people may have a chance of achieving remission than ever before. What does lung cancer remission mean? Remission can mean different things when used to describe your response to your cancer treatment. There are two types of remission: Partial remission: This indicates your cancer has responded to treatment but is still present. To be considered in partial remission usually means your tumor has shrunk by at least 50% and has stayed that way for at least a month. Complete remission: This is sometimes also called “no evidence of disease” or “NED.” It means no tumors or any signs of cancer can be seen or measured on tests, exams, or scans. But it doesn’t necessarily mean your cancer is completely cured. Cancer could still be present, but at levels that can’t be detected. There is a possibility it could recur in the future. Either way, remission is a good thing. The amount of time people remain in remission can vary, but in some cases, it can last for many years. Which lung cancer treatments can help me work towards remission? Stage 3 lung cancer is considered locally advanced or advanced cancer, meaning that cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or nearby structures in the chest. Depending on the location and size of the tumor, it may be surgically removed if possible, but many cases of stage 3 lung cancer are not suitable for surgery. Chemotherapy and radiation may both be used to try and destroy the cancer cells. Some cases of stage 3 lung cancer can be treated with immunotherapy or targeted therapy. Immunotherapy helps boost your body’s immune system to better identify and destroy cancer cells. Examples include nivolumab (Opdivo), pembrolizumab (Keytruda), and durvalumab (Imfinzi). Targeted therapies have been developed to recognize specific proteins and mutations in cancer cells and inhibit the cancer’s growth. Specific tests can look closer at your tumor to determine if you may be a candidate for targeted therapy, such as bevacizumab (Avastin) or erlotinib (Tarceva). Immunotherapy and targeted therapy may not work for everyone, and lung cancer can become resistant to an initially effective treatment over time. However, the rise of these novel treatments has helped many lung cancer patients enter remission and slow the progression of the disease. More treatments of this nature are expected to be approved for future use as well. What can I do to keep my lung cancer in remission? If you’ve been told you’re in remission, congratulations! Though nothing is guaranteed, there are steps you can take to stay healthy and hopefully help your cancer from recurring or progressing: Make good lifestyle choices: don’t smoke, stay active, and eat a nutritious diet. Take care of your body and mind. Remain under your doctor’s care: Keep your follow-up appointments as scheduled. Continue on any maintenance lung cancer treatment if recommended by your doctor to keep the cancer at bay. Let your doctor know if you are having any problems or new symptoms. Living with lung cancer can be challenging and even scary at times. But there are lots of reasons to keep a positive outlook as we continue to mount a stronger fight against this disease.