• Cancer survivor question

    Asked by Kathy on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    Cancer survivor question

    Hi!! I'm a survivor of recurrent ovarian cancer. I have just finished chemo and on Monday got my clear catscan results. Technically for how long have I been a cancer survivor? If more info is needed let me know. For now I'm excited to have no evidence of the disease.

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    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      Congratulations! Happy Day! I have heard that you are a cancer survivor the minute you are diagnosed. It confused me at first, but now I get it.

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      HeidiJo is correct, according to the American Cancer Society, as long as you have or have had cancer, and you are still upright, you are a survivor.

      You are a member of the "club" none of us asked to be a part of, but we are all extremely happty to be a member of, over 14 million survivors.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Congrats on the clear scan! : )

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      There is no 'official" or medical definition for a cancer survivor. Some say everyone is a survivor from the time they are diagnosed, others at the time there is no longer any evidence of disease.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Based on greg's answer I think I will be burried upright so that I can be a cancer survivor even after death!!!!!!!!!!!!! That will be really sticking my finger in cancer's eye!!!!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Hi Kathy, I too am a Cancer Survivor. Stage IV Ovarian Cancer. I always heard you're a survivor after five years. But then I asked five years from what? From Diagnosis, or from first PET Scan showing cancer free, first CA125 in normal range.... I had almost two years of chemo... but was cancer free from the end of surgery. My marvalous oncologist had removed it all when he took all he could see. So I'm either 7 years cancer free if you go that way... or five if its from after you stop your treatment/ chemo / radiation, whatever. I'm sure I've only confused you, and I'm sorry. Ask your oncologist... but I think they all have a different marker to watch. As for me. I was so excited when I was told there was no evidence of the desease.... So between us.. Lets call you a survivor and grab hands and do a happy dance on line. Lets Thank All and place our faith in a continued good outcome. Now LETS DANCE!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • mtsis' Avatar

      The nurse navigator at our treatment center told me that you are a survivor from the day of diagnosis. I like that a lot as it gives me a positive attitude about the whole thing! :) We are survivors!!

      over 3 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      I think you're a survivor the day they give you the diagnosis. For me this is a little confusing. I found out about the tumor on Feb 1, 2008. Then I was told officially by a Gyn Oncologist on Feb 14, 2008 that I had ovarian cancer. Then my surgery on March 4, 2008 was done and the rest of the cancer was removed. I celebrate all these days and every day that I wake up in the morning and am able to enjoy life. Congratulations on the clear scan and celebrate all your days that you have been given with family and friends and enjoy every moment.

      over 3 years ago

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