• Have you been told you have "terminal" cancer, or "incurable"? There is a difference.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Have you been told you have "terminal" cancer, or "incurable"? There is a difference.

    Our blog post today has some information to help clear up the difference. We often hear people say that they have "terminal" cancer when it's most likely not, but it IS most likely incurable. Take a look at the article here>> http://bit.ly/2FsMovm

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • po18guy's Avatar

      I was, by all accounts, incurable if not terminal. Stage IV twice. One aggressive cancer three times, another aggressive cancer once, and a third bone marrow cancer from all the treatment - plus - all three simultaneously. Close to 100 tumors in my lymphatic system. Last year, hospitalized for an infection in my leg, an infectious diseases doctor gave me a 99.5% chance of NOT surviving all that had occurred in the past ten years.

      Good thing I was not listening!

      6 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Eight and a half years ago. The Dr. announced that I was terminal and had 4 to 9 months to live and this was a pallitive care and hospice planning appointment. My brother demanded a second opinion my nephew gave the second opinion and I had a new surgical technique. Five years ago I had a metastis along with a new primary which was a very agressive cancer. I made a bet that I would walk into his office on April 1, 2018 Cancer Free. He said that there was a one in a hundred chance of that. Well on April 1st I was cancer free. I consider myself cured of both those "incurable cancers"

      6 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      The surgeon that I asked to be referred to for a colonoscopy.deemed me terminal based on my staging scans. But his question to me was "Hospice of Fight?" And I said "Fight."

      So he referred me to a "fighting" oncologist who reread my scans. She believed that she could "cure" me, and I'm still here 4 years later.

      It is so important to get second opinions when we are first diagnosed.

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      My doctor never said. Mine is considered both incurable and terminal. But, the terminal part didn't happen as expected.

      6 months ago
    • Gumpus61's Avatar

      Primary Peritoneal stage 3C........."Uniformly fatal". Well...................5 years later and my wife has refused the Uniform. You just never know................

      6 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      An interesting story about the second Dr. who pronounced me terminal. At the 4 year mark he announced that he had found a cure for stage IV esophageal cancer and got a grant to do full-time cancer research. I still refer to my survival as the best April Fools Prank ever

      6 months ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar

      My husband was told that his aggressive limited sclc was incurable but treatable. Right now he's approaching 4 years post treatment and stable. His onc told him he had a 25% chance of making it to 5 years. I'm beginning to think he took that as a challenge!

      6 months ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      I was told that my MBC was terminal, but it could be held at bay. How long?, no answer. My husband demanded to know & the Dr. said that he had a patient live 11 years with MBC. Every patient is different. I'm 2 3/4 years out. I'm in for the long haul. I turn every day over to God & thank him every night.

      4 months ago

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