• Childhood cancer

    Asked by Modern on Saturday, October 20, 2012

    Childhood cancer

    Ok so I was diagnosed within 6 months of turning 18 and no one is able to decide if I should count as childhood cancer all my drs say something different and when I was in the hospital they bounced me between adult and pediatric so often my head was spinning so in just looking for opinion do you think 18 is to old to be classified as childhood cancer?

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    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      Frankly, what you describe woud drive me crazy. I think you, your parents, your doctor, etc. should decide which it is and then stick with it.

      Maybe the best way to get this done is to assert yourself. Talk to your parents (they can be valuable allies whether or not you need their approval) and decide which you think it should be. There may be funding and insurance issues you should consider, so ask. Once you decide, then insist that everyone else do it your way. You don't need doctors, nurses, or hospitals who don't respect you.

      about 5 years ago
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      Harry

      After additional thought--your actual question, is 18 too old to be childhood cancer? is probably not the best. The correct answer, probably, is that it is borderline--which is why you are having this problem. That's why you have to pick one and stick with it. You probably should not argue that you are too old to be classified as childhood cancer. Instead, state calmly and reasonably, that the constant whipsaw between one and the other is annoying and is interfering with your treatment. State that you have decided which way you will be regarded and that if they can't deal with your decision then you don't want them on your treatment team. Be prepared to walk out the door after that.

      about 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      You are in that horrid grey zone!!!!! You are a young adult, which means your issues are very different from those faced by someone like me (diagnosed at 41 - still considered young but not as young as you - I'm in the grey zone between young adult and regular cancer patient)....

      GO HERE: http://stupidcancer.com/
      I think you'll find many people facing what you describe.

      almost 5 years ago
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      leepenn

      PS - I'm sorry you have cancer - totally totally sucks! Putting it mildly. This site will XXX out the words I'd really like to use....

      almost 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      This has an easy answer with a more detail explaination. 20 years old or less at time of diagnosis makes your cancer a "childhood" cancer by definition. This is more of a lable (for lack of a better word) for the patient than it is for the cancer itself. Make sense?

      almost 5 years ago

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