Experiences with Cancer is back/Recurred

Cancer recurrence is when cancer returns after a period of time where the cancer has not been detected. There is a big fear of recurrence in cancer patients especially after surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy when they believe to be in remission. The three types of recurrence are local recurrence (returned in the same place), regional recurrence (returned in the same area), and distant recurrence (returned in another part of the body). The risk of recurrence is different for each person and each type of cancer. The best thing to do is to ask your doctor if you have questions about the possibility of recurrence. You can do everything you are “supposed” to do and cancer may still recur. There is never a guarantee that cancer will not come back.

The fear of recurrence is one of the most haunting feelings cancer patients experience. Rather than worry yourself with the idea or recurrence, it is important to realistically prepare yourself for the possibility. The biggest questions are, “How can I live with the fear of recurrence?” or “How do I cope after cancer recurrence?” or “How do I deal with worry as a cancer victim?”. Many WhatNexter’s suggest being proud of the battles you have won and to live life with that same bravery you had during your cancer. It helps to be grateful for every good day you have and to stay positive. For more insights on attitudes about cancer recurrence, post and answer questions below.

    • inaJAR
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    13 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    6 months later, in abdominal lymph nodes. Feb 2017

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    • johnw
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    16 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Pet scan lit up in my other lung last week. Waiting on biopsy and treatment plan

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    • DeeHenn
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    16 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    "Well XXX....am I feeling a lump? For real? No...it must be scar tissue around the marker....nope....its a freakin' lump....dang it!"

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    • Kenster
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    19 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    After more than 5 years of undetectable PSA it is back. PSA test in Jun-2017 showed .19. PSA test done 60 days later showed .53. Lo...

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    • nani967
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    29 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    At my 5 yr. follow up a breast MRI showed a slight something that was thought to be nothing but due to my history a biopsy was perfo...

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    • k80bakes
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Had kidney pain, & a massive hematuria event. CT scan revealed a large tumor in the same kidney, 2 1/2 years after the partial nephr...

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    • Kirvin
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    3 months ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    CT scans showed progression after 11 months of NED. Will start back on carboplatin/taxol/Avastin shortly.

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    • allier4
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    New primary tumor on right side (first time was on left side) January 2017

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  1. 4 months ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    the lesion under my right eye is back. In addition, now I have one on my arm, neck, and nose. 2017

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    • JudyW
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Secondary (metastatic) breast cancer to liver. Two tumors.

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  2. 4 months ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    hep c and gallbladder issues , inflammation and polyp

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    • Jota
    • Experience with Extranodal Marginal Zone ...
    5 months ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    After only 4 years , Lymphoma recurred.

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