• How have you reacted if you have been told that your cancer is “treatable” but “not curable”?

    Asked by MarktheMan on Friday, February 22, 2013

    How have you reacted if you have been told that your cancer is “treatable” but “not curable”?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      The difference is really just mincing semantics. Since all cancer can recur, the only way to define a cancer that was cured is if you die of something else before it recurs.

      over 5 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      My husband is simply pleased with treatable. His cancer has recurred several times so cure isn't an option for him, but treatmable is mighty good.

      over 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Mark, all this means is that a wat to cure it in a stastically significant number of patients has not yet been found. There is lots of good research going on all of the time so who knows when the nexk breakthrough will come? I personally have had at least three drugs and two surgeries that were not available.possible 8 1.2 years ago when I was first diagnosed so good things are happening. There are also lots of stories about people who have had all traces of cancer disappear from treatment but that situation can't be tied directly to the treatment. The idea is to get treatment, keep the hope and keep the cancer in check for long enough for a better treatment to come along. Good Luck.

      over 5 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      I have been told that my cancer is treatable but not curable and it makes me nervous and scared. I try to keep it in perspective and think of it as anyone else would if they are diabetic or have certain chronic conditions. I do see a social worker and my husband and I have joined a once a month cancer support group. Talking about it seems to diminish the huge fear I can have at times. I pray for a long gap before it strikes again and of course hope it never strikes back again.

      over 5 years ago
    • Cmurphy's Avatar

      We have tried to think of cancer as a chronic disease which needs to be batted down by various means and we wait for new means to be developed. Where there is life, there is hope.

      over 5 years ago
    • sbmontgomery's Avatar

      I found out I have cancer in July of 2012. They could not remove the tumor so I was given rad. and chemo. The tumor is the same size but is now hollow and not a solid mass and is stable. I am happy for that. Getting cancer does change our lives. It changes the way we think. You must remember that we choose how it changes us. You can wake up everyday and worry if the treatments worked, is it stable, is it smaller, will it go away. Any disease is treatable and any disease can come back. The way it changed me is that I live my life freely. No more putting off things til later, not because I have cancer but because life is a gift everyday. No one knows when they will die. Not the person who is perfectly healthy or someone who has cancer. Make time for friends and family just for the reason that life is good not because you have cancer. That is what I am doing. I kept putting off vacations until next Summer. Well not anymore. I will be taking my kids to the Smokie Mountains in June just because I want to not because I have cancer. Live your life, don't let cancer live it for you. Hugs Suzanne

      over 5 years ago

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