• Have you been told by your Doctor that due to your treatment for your primary cancer...

    Asked by MelMom on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Have you been told by your Doctor that due to your treatment for your primary cancer...

    that now you are at a higher risk of secondary cancers? So, great, now I have to worry about this one coming back and bringing a friend with it?

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • geekling's Avatar

      No, I was not ever told that.

      Strengthen your immune system in every way possible so cancer cant get a foothold again.

      over 3 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      That is true from what I know.....Listen to Geekling and Build your entire body up....Make sure you get on the slim side and give up animal protein except fish and NO DAIRY...

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My first oncologist did say that the treatment that I was given for Hodgkin's disease made me more susceptible to leukemia later in life. Then, "later in life" I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer, but not leukemia.

      over 3 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      I, too, have heard that people diagnosed with one cancer are more likely to get another primary cancer than are people who've never been so diagnosed. It's not necessarily from the treatments the patient received; it may be because some people's bodies are more prone to developing a cancer, for myriad reasons as yet not fully understood or understood at all. My oncologist never told me this, btw.

      MelMom, I'm a big worrier, but even I realize it's futile to focus on all the bad things that can happen and that may never happen. We do all we can to be healthy; after that, we hope for the best.

      over 3 years ago
    • cards7up's Avatar

      I think those who have conventional radiation are more at risk like Greg said with Hodgkin's and breast cancer. This is usually not something that would happen right away but years down the road. I know some with LC that now have BC. And some people, just get cancer over and over and different primaries. Just never know!

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      When my first cancer came back and there was a new cancer with it, I asked the Dr. this question. He said that there was no relation between the two cancers. He did say that they may have the same cause. In my case exposure to high levels of radiation when I was a child.

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I was told this before any treatment (experimentally high radiation) started. Considering what I had, and a fairly short life expectency, I didn't have anything to lose. I had to gain 20 lbs before treatment started, and I have to maintain the weight in case I get a secondary cancer, besides the chance that like other head cancer patients-weight could just drop off of me.

      6 months after treatment ended, a radiologist said that I did have a secondary cancer. He says that each time, and he keeps expanding the affected area. Biopsies say-NO--he's wrong---

      Sometimes it's the treatment that's the cause for secondary cancers. I was told that chemo also does this-too. One person can have a certain chemo treatment and not get a secondary cancer, while another similiar person with even get a third type of cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • rene2's Avatar

      My oncologist told me that the risk is greater for cancer overall for anyone who has previously been diagnosed, regardless of the first type of cancer. That's why we have to be vigilant about keeping healthy, eating right, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping up with recommended scans and appointments.

      over 3 years ago
    • Floridagirl6's Avatar

      I was never told this! I was diagnosed in Feb 2016 with colon cancer and now am in watch and wait mode for thyroid nodes that were indeterminate when biopsies. Go back on June 20th for a follow up.

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      floridagirl-- I wish you good fortune. Thyroid problems can be the devil, so I wish that your thyroid is OK, and your system settles down. I know that it's so nerve wracking. Take care-let us know how it goes. June 20 is my baby brother's birthday---So you have to have good news

      over 3 years ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar

      Was told that reoccurrence is always a concern for every cancer patient no matter the form, that's why the 5 yr NED is important, as the percentages drop after that, but as we know with Olivia Newton John. 25 yrs from diagnosis..we never know?, After reading some of the matieral about the 4 different chemo I had the risk down the road of Luekemia is a possibility?...no plans to live my life with this worry, glad to still be here 3 yrs out..keep yourself as healthy as possible as others have mentioned.

      over 3 years ago
    • still_fighting's Avatar

      Yes, I was told by my oncologist before my first treatment. Especially because of the type of cancer we have...CLL. But, for me, it is all I can do to fight this life long cancer. Pretty much like everyone says above...just stay as healthy as you can and make sure you go to all your other doctors appointments such as family doctor, Urologist, proctologist, have your mamograms, and basically all your regular check-ups done so they can catch anything that might pop up. Try not to worry about it though (I know, easier said than done) maintain good health and live your life. God you and keep Fighting! Never give up!

      over 3 years ago
    • GailB's Avatar

      If you read the information on the lls.org website about CLL secondary cancer is a risk as well is Ritcher's Syndrome which is when the CLL changes to another more aggressive form of Leukemia. They have all the statistics. Family history also plays a big part. On my mothers side of the family we have Pancreatic, Lung and lots of Breast Cancer which until my sister was diagnosed they said it was not hereditary because they were BRCA1/2 negative. Grandmother, Great Aunts, Mother, Aunt, Cousins, and now my sister(terminal) all have breast cancer and only 2 have survived it but 1 of those got the news last week that it is back for the second time. Majority carried the ATM 1 Gene which is causing the Breast cancer. Thank goodness we have a family member that worked in a pathology lab for over 40 yrs. and she held on to all tissue samples of our family members and they have been able to in 2 cases with new technology make a determination as to the primary cancer and in a few determine that they also have the ATM 1 Gene. I also carry this Gene and hope and pray that I do not get the breast cancer. Also on my fathers side have an Aunt with CLL and a Cousin with AML and my grandfather died from cancer but no one is sure exactly what it was all we know it was in his abdomen. I do know that people have gotten secondary cancer after using some of the Chemo Drugs for CLL but there are no numbers available as to the percentages because it does not happen that often.

      about 3 years ago

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