• How long

    Asked by Roxieann on Friday, April 26, 2019

    How long

    why can they not be honest with us

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • JaneA's Avatar

      Our medical teams don't have timelines for us - each of us is different. We respond to treatment differently, and there is no way to predict which patient will experience complete response and which patient won't respond at all.

      It's frustrating, but we just have to put our best efforts into the treatment and pray (if we are a person of faith) that we will be one of those who respond.

      9 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Are you referring to how long it will take to finish treatment, or how long do you have left (according to the doctors)? Let us know, there are lots of people here that were told a certain number of months but are still here enjoying life many years later.

      9 months ago
    • dillyhilly's Avatar

      I ask my Dr. he told me there are no none statics because I read 5 years but he said no nothing is etched in stone.

      9 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Individuals react to both illness and medication differently. There is no way for the doctors to gauge that.

      9 months ago
    • biga17133's Avatar

      There is no way the can give that answer just no way it depends on a lot of things like the treatment you get and how you respond how fast it spreads if it does just to many factors ,, I was told 3-6 months that was 20 months ago praise his name and all his glory,,,still taking a bath by myself biga17133

      9 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      What would you consider honest? Someone making a total guess? That's what my first oncologist did. He told my husband I would probably live 4 months, with treatment. That was in November 2012. So much for that.

      My advice is to live today. Life is not promised to any of us. And no one except God knows when you're going to draw your last breath.

      9 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      biga17133 - How great to see you posting again. Many of us were worried. I hope and pray that you are feeling better.

      9 months ago
    • Gumpus61's Avatar

      They can not tell you what they do not know......However, if you give them some wiggle room they will answer. The question has to go like this. " I know my Cancer is unique, but in your experience with disease like mine, If I was Your Father son or brother, (Or Mother,Daughter sister)........what would your Prognosis be?". You can see above the people who were told they were dying but did not. Who we do not hear from were those told 6 months who died in 2. They aren't on the site. The desire for the caregiver and patient alike to know and plan is important. Bucket lists and Family are all part of that. There are really only 5 levels to Cancer. Diagnosis and treatment / Recovery......if you are lucky it stops there. If not it is then Recurrent treatment / Palliative Care / Hospice. My wife and I have been through 6 years and 6 lines of treatment......only now have we decided to quit treatment. My suggestion is live like there is no tomorrow until they say Hospice............then bring in your loved ones and say goodbye with dignity.

      9 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I asked my doctor and he said three years and then was very quick to say but there are so many things that can change that one way or another. That was five years ago.

      9 months ago
    • Gumpus61's Avatar

      My wife passed on May 5th.....................5 years and 6 months with a Uniformly fatal Cancer. What an experience. As a caregiver I would do it again. I am sure my lovely Ann would as well. We LIVED with Cancer.

      4 months ago

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