• How do you determine exact diagnosis date? When does one move from Patient to Survivor status?

    Asked by bonjour on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    How do you determine exact diagnosis date? When does one move from Patient to Survivor status?

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    • copland16's Avatar

      Hi bonjour,

      You are a survivor from the moment you hear the word "cancer." If you are in active treatment you are a patient too. Even when I was in a treatment I referred to myself as a survivor. So I've been a survivor since October 21, 2010.

      I use the date I met with doctor as my diagnosis date. I found out via phone the day before but the next day is when I got the actual diagnosis and details about treatment plan.

      almost 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I agree with copland16, you are a survivor as long as you are still with us. Diagnosis date would be the first time you were told. Good luck in your continued recovery.

      almost 5 years ago
    • bonjour's Avatar

      Thanks, everyone. On an ACS intake form it asked for Date of Diagnosis (mo/day/yr). For me, that was awfully specific. I guess the day you found out the results of the biopsy would be it. And I read somewhere that if you were told you have cancer and you are still alive, you are a survivor! So that date coincides with the biopsy date, in a sense. However, some say if you are in active treatment, you are a Patient. When done, you are a survivor.

      almost 5 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      the day i heard them words and did not die right then and there surviving hearing them words makes u a survivor some people do not consider they r a survivor until end of treatment. my date is 101308 we call it celebrate life day it is just like another birthday we go out and make sure we celebrate our new life

      almost 5 years ago
    • Mandi75's Avatar

      I agree with the being a survivor from the day you are diagnosed. I also used the day the doctor called me with the biopsy results being cancer as my dignosis day which for me was Feb 1st of this yr.

      My Oncologist said they consider the cancer treatment a victory after 5 years. At first I thought that is when you are a survivor,but have since learned and feel it is from the moment you find out you have cancer.

      over 4 years ago

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