• prognosis

    Asked by susankmunn on Thursday, May 9, 2013


    what is the prognosis of stage 3c1grade 2 endometrial cancer

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      We could quote 5 year survival statistics all day and they wouldn't apply to you. You might speak with @BuckeyeShelby. She is very active here on WhatNext and is a Stage IV endometrial cancer survivor. I wouldn't worry too much about your prognosis. Focus more on beating the XXX out of the cancer!!!

      almost 6 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I'm with tickling. Prognosis is based on statistics, which is interesting meta data, but can not predict how any individual will respond to treatment, etc.

      almost 6 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Hi Susan. I'm the infamouse BuckeyeShelby TC mentioned. Prognosis gets weird w/endometrial (as I'm sure everyone can contest about their own forms of cancer as well). I was diagnosed stage IV B, grade 1. When I looked up stage IV B, I kinda freaked out. However, we are individuals and not stats. The things I have going for me: I am grade 1, which means my cells are abnormal, not highly mutated. Also, my mets were to my omentum, which is the layer of fat over the abdominal organs. So in addition to saying goodbye to my uterus, ovaries & tubes, they also removed the omentum. According to my gynecologic oncologist (who is the head of oncology at my hospital), he got it all, and he does not foresee a problem. So because my mets went to something that could be removed and those cells were grade 1, my prognosis is probably better than someone who had mets go to the brain or who had grade 3. Plus there are things called "comorbidities" which sounds scary but just means were you healthy before diagnosis. I'm a big girl. Probably not in my favor. But I don't have diabetes or heart disease. These play into it, just like they would w/out cancer. Finally, the big thing to remember if you do go searching the net, all those stats are 5 YEARS OLD. A lot of research has happened in 5 years. Well, that was wordy, wasn't it? : ) Please feel free to contact me on my wall if there is anything else I can help with. I hope what I've said makes sense. I know it's probably not what you are looking for, exactly.

      almost 6 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      As a nurse who works oncology and specializes in gyne cancers, and end of life care, I can tell you that survival is what the patient says it is. If you have the will to live, you would be suprised at what you are capable of. Set your sight on a course and allow no strong wind to veer you from that charted path. You will amaze yourself. best of luck, Carm RN.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      I would just like to reinforce what others have already said, plus I'll add a little additional information. Since the stats are 5 years old, and much is being added to both treatment and surgical processes regularly, often even the doctors don't really know how to answer your question. Officially they use the current staging information, which actually might no longer describe what is found by the pathologists. By the book, my endometrial cancer is stage III C. However, the cells that were found in the lymph nodes were only in the sentinel nodes (those that drain the uterus directly), and there were so few that the pathology report detailed the exact numbers of cells in each node. According to my surgeon, this is never done, because cells found in nodes usually aren't countable. The surgeon said when the staging info is next revised, and since the sentinel node procedure is becoming more common, there may be new and more detailed stages added in the future. So I'm either stage III C or I B with extremely minor sentinel node cell involvement. Perhaps this will help you to see how variable the information and prognosis for an individual can be.

      Memorial Sloan Kettering has a calculator on their website that you can use if you really want to, but remember what others have said: by the time 5-year survival information is available, it is already out-of-date. According to the calculator, my prognosis is much less that what I'd like to see, but according to my doctors, it is quite likely that I am truly cured post-treatment with chemotherapy and radiation. Go figure, if you can!

      Good luck, and try not to worry constantly. And, I understand completely that it's easier to say that than it is to do.


      almost 6 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      Everyone answered so well, so I don't have much to contribute. Mine was endometrial sarcoma, estimated to be stage III, high grade with two tumors - one on the inside of the uterus wall, and the other on the outside of the uterus. I was told that it is rare and highly aggressive. Initially, I went web searching and scared myself. At that point, I decided never to look at the stats again. After a total hysterectomy, chemo & radiation (treatment completed in July 2012), I remain cancer-free and loving life. (yes, I've been told that we are not really cancer free until 5 years have past, but as of now there is no evidence of cancer in my body, as per regular exams, blood tests, and scans). I am blessed with my faith, and surrounded by my family & friends, and I focus on all the good things.

      almost 6 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I read data all day. I can tell you for certain that stats are all old so don't bother with the internet material. As everyone else has said. Everyone is an individual whne it comes to cancer.
      Stay healthy and stay strong.
      God bless

      almost 6 years ago
    • Judit's Avatar

      We'd all have be clairvoyant to know this answer. Everyone is different, responds differently to treatment, & the prognosis is different. Good luck & best wishes.

      almost 6 years ago

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