• Survival rates

    Asked by Qsale on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Survival rates

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      In a sentence: Don't trust them.

      I have stage IV lung cancer. My doctor gave me 4 months to live. The stats said I had a 3% chance to make it to 5 years. They were both wrong. Thank God.

      In the first place, the stats are old by the time you see them. In the second place, you are not a stat. Someone has to be "outside the curve" - make that you!

      7 days ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I agree w/LWC. There was only a 15% chance I'd be standing at the 5 year mark. It'll be 6 years in August. My cancer was slow moving and my mets went to something that could be removed.

      7 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Each cancer is different, just as each person is different. Doctors can be wrong. I made it five years in October.
      Live life to the fullest.

      7 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      These stats are based on studies looking back at how long people survived after treatment. So obviously, they are based on old treatments and not the new protocols that are available now. Most are looking at data from the mid 1990's to 2000. I hope this makes sense.

      Scientists who study survival times have to follow a group of people for a long time. They might say that the median survival is 7 years - median means half didn't survive 7 years and half survived over 7 years - I always try to imagine myself as the "last woman standing."

      Also, they study a group of Lung or Colon cancer patients - all ages, all genetic mutations, all ethic groups, and regardless of what other health problems they had - they may be able to predict that 25% lived past 5 years, but they can't predict which ones will survive the longest.

      I don't place any bets based on the statistics. I chose aggressive treatment, and I am doing all of the things recommended to increase survival. That's all any of us can do.

      7 days ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      20 months ago I was in the Hospital for Sepsis Pneumonia. A few months before that I had Rads for sciatic nerve tumor. That last day in the Hospital my lung scan looked awful and they assumed the cancer was there. I had something called Honeycomb in the fluid outside my lungs and couldn't be drained. They couldn't really tell if there was cancer. A Lung Doc came in and told me I needed chemo immediately or call Hospice. I did neither and my lungs have healed up as I haven't had a problem in over a year....SOOOOO who knows,,,,

      6 days ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      There's a saying - you can lie with statistics. My ex- proved that - in the Army he was assigned to Washington DC to compile stats, which he did and he slanted everything so the poobahs could get what they wanted.

      Besides. Let's face it. They aren't canvasing every living being who has had cancer, so it's a random survey of a small group of people. Many things can affect the outcome - climate, genetics, diet....

      Live your life and XXX the numbers!

      6 days ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Don't look at the odds until you have made up your mind to beat them. Then place your bet. My Dr. said I had a 1 in 100 chance of being cancer-free on April 1 2018. He chickened out and got a cushy research grant and quit the practice last year.

      6 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      I agree with all the comments above about statistics, but my best advice is to "Prepare for the worst, and then work for and hope for the best."

      I'm another Stage IV survivor of an aggressive cancer, and I have no evidence of disease today.

      5 days ago

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