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.

  1. 2 days ago
    gaylegrace's Avatar

    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    I had stage III BC when I was 44. I had mastectomy. No lymph nodes affected. 17 yrs later my mammogram...I had 17 nodes with cancer.

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    • SMK
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    cancer decreased on top of my pancreas and around me celiac nerve, but then cam back in my liver.

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    • SMK
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 days ago
    SMK's Avatar

    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    cancer returned wrapped around my celiac nerve.

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    • SMK
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    I was considered NED until August 2015. My cancer returned on top of my pancreas.

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  2. 8 days ago
    theonlyveedub1's Avatar

    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    well, back on the cancer merry-go-round. latest scans show my lymphatis lighting up liks christmas tree. biopsy next week to determi...

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  3. 9 days ago
    KristaSchnee's Avatar

    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    This diagnosis in 2016 was actually my second, with the first being in 2004. I had a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation at that time.

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    • rebelkate
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine...
    15 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Mixed CT results - the abdomen is clear now (yay!) but the lung nodules have grown some... discuss with dr next steps

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    • Pinkzilla0
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    17 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    A year after chemo ended, I developed a blockage turned out to be a 4 cm tumor... XXX stubborn cancer.

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    • LaurenLane
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopi...
    18 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Recurrence in 2014 then again in 2016! Holy Shift!

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  4. 18 days ago
    Sblackshear's Avatar

    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    90 days ago my CA125 was @ 47, we waited another 90 days since I was feeling good & CAT scan was clear. Dr. wanted to make sure the ...

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    • Razmataz
    • Experience with Uterine Leiomyosarcoma
    27 days ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    having pain in left side. Kept being told it was diverculitis... Surprise its not... my cancer is back

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  5. 28 days ago
    Overlyaverage's Avatar

    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    A recent CAT Scan follow up since June shows a speculated ovid nodula lung mass and several other nodules of the size that usually i...

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