• How long after treatment are you consider a cancer surviivor

    Asked by unicorn6482 on Saturday, February 2, 2013

    How long after treatment are you consider a cancer surviivor

    I just finished treatment in December and was curious what ppl thought about it

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac (Best Answer!)

      I don't think there is one standard answer. Quite offer the designation of "survivor" is used as soon a diagnosed. You can apply it however you like. It's just a word.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Some people say as soon as you're diagnosed. Other people say as soon as you finish treatment (which is ambiguous if you are going to be having some type of Rx treatment for 5 - 10 years.) Other people say it is when you are classified as NED (no evidence of disease.)

      Anyway, I'd say you've earned the right to that title!

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      The American Cancer Society says that you are a survivor from the minute you are told you have cancer, until you die.

      over 7 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      My oncologist said "from the minute you are diagnosed, you are a survivor." My radiation oncologist actually gave me a Survivor's Diploma when I finished radiation. My surgeon said he usually starts counting when surgical treatments are done....so I guess it's a matter of perspective. I started considering my self a survivor when I was done with treatment - that seemed to be a good place to draw a line. Congratulations on finishing your treatment!

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      The center I am treated at considers anyone who is undergoing treatment as well as in remission a survivor and I do too.

      over 7 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Greg, I see you have changed the requirement so I can be burried upright and be a survivor after death any more. Your no fun!!!!!!!!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      Congratulations! Awesome! You kicked cancers butt!

      over 7 years ago
    • unicorn6482's Avatar

      Thanks so much for all your answers. Im new to this forum. Its nice to talk to ppl going through the same thing I am!

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Sorry about that Peroll!!

      over 7 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Every day you are alive, you are a Survivor! Good for you!

      over 7 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      My oncs have always used the term from the moment of diagnosis. I look at it this way being cancer free and being a survivor are two different criteria. My doctor says 5 years out from last clean scan is cancer free, and considered a "safe area" to say cancer free. I haven't made it there yet everytime I get close to a clean scan something else pops up.
      So I go with Survivor! Any person who endures day in and day out this battle of cancer that attacks us both emotionally and physically is a Survivor whether your are family, friend, caregiver, or cancer patient or cancer free!

      Your a Survivor!!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I am baffled by this. My resection was done, and at that time, I was considered cancer free. However, a round of chemo was recommended just in case anything was left in there.
      Maybe that answer depends upon each oncologist's perspective. My guess is that they try to have us think positively about our outcome.

      over 7 years ago
    • nance's Avatar

      From the day you are told you have cancer you are a cancer survivor

      over 7 years ago

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