• I have a question, what is the difference between chronic cancer and what I have ...and.. Stage 4 lung cancer. I'm doing well. My tumors,

    Asked by Leung on Saturday, February 9, 2013

    I have a question, what is the difference between chronic cancer and what I have ...and.. Stage 4 lung cancer. I'm doing well. My tumors,

    (Lung, thyroid, bronchial tube, kidney, and throat) are all either shrinking or staying still since may of last year when I found out. I'm curious if theirs a difference.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      They are often the same but any stage can be chronic and Stage 4 is not necessarily chronic. Chronic means that a disease is not cured but it is managed to treat symptoms, side effects, and maintain quality of life. Some people lead very full lives with chronic cancer, diabetes, congestive heart failure, COPD, and many other chronic illnesses. However, other people have all of the same illnesses as acute illnesses and in some cases they cannot be managed or cured.

      over 7 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      Leung, They are one in the same as there is no known case of an acute onset of cancer that arises once and disapears after a few days. Any disease that is recurrent is a chonic disease. You may go into remission and show no evidence of disease at one time or another but it will generally recur. Sometimes it might take years and sometimes months but mutations or viruses always regenerate and sustain. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      You are doing great. Cancer is becoming a chronic disease. As all ready answered this is something that is treated and managed over a long perior of time. There are many people who have stage 4 lung cancer and continue to live full productive lives. Every cancer has its own personality which inclides mutations. Its these two things that have an impact on how a cancer will behave.. I say impact because even with this knowledge its not 100 % predicitve. A good site to exaplin about the importance of mutation testing is "Lets get tested" Make sure to click on all the little Doctor videos..they are very hopeful and informative.

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Chronic cancer is a subset of stage 4. My kidney cancer is being treated as a chronic condition. I have been stable for almost 4 years, I have 2 lesions left on my liver (I started with 5, but the tiny ones are no longer there) shrunk and they stabilized. My Breast cancer is being treated more progressively, and responding to treatment. The two lesions, also on my liver, have shrunk by more then 50%, so far, and our goal is to get rid of them completely.

      over 7 years ago

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