• Terminal

    Asked by Brook on Sunday, April 14, 2019


    Once you are told it is terminal but you might have 3 years could that Chang to much sooner or later

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Yes, it "could" do either, but it could also disappear as it has for several people on this site. The doctor's estimate of your termination date is just a wild guess based on a set of circumstances that they say "might" or "might not" happen. Don't give up on yourself based on what one doctor says, get second or even third opinions from another facility not associated with the one that gave you the diagnosis.

      We hope you miss your assumed date by years and years!

      4 days ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I'm an oncology nurse. That depends on you. A positive attitude will take you a long way. If a doctor tells you that there is no more that they can do, that's only as far as that doctor is willing to go. There is always another doctor willing to go further. No one can tell you how long you have BUT you. In my experience, it has always been that when a patients' will to live becomes a will to leave...thats when your time becomes limited. I hope this helps.

      4 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I was told I was terminal. 4 months. That was in October 2012.

      4 days ago
    • leshovey's Avatar

      On the 4th March 2015, I was given 2 months to live! I am still here, have had 3 bouts of bladder cancer since then as well as my original diagnosis. With the love of my wife and family, their help and sometimes I was impossible to live with, particularly when on chemo 24/7.

      4 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      It really depends. My brother was given 18 month's to live and he passed on 18 months. There's no exact science on this. It's kind of based on averages of other people with similar diagnosis. But continue to live your life. One just doesn't know .

      4 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I was told terminal and that one of my options was to hospice. But my other option was to fight. I fought, had a year of treatment and am still here. Stage IV rectal cancer.

      Get a second opinion - find a doctor who is willing to fight for you and be willing to fight for yourself. We, Stage IV patients, sometimes must ENDURE the CURE. But with a good medical team, we make it - day by day.

      4 days ago
    • Gumpus61's Avatar

      Somebody has to beat the odds, why not you ?

      4 days ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Per the stats when I was diagnosed, I had a 15% chance of living 5 yrs. That was 7 and a half yrs ago. And today I'm NED (no evidence of disease).

      4 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Hey, Brook!
      We have esophageal cancer survivors here and many Stage IV survivors with cancer in different locations. Lead a healthy lifestyle and do what your doctor says, and we'll all pray for you, too! If you have acid reflux, it's a priority for you to take care of, as well as it is for me. (My cancer is stomach cancer.)

      Wishing you the Best!

      3 days ago
    • akristine's Avatar

      No one has ever told me how long I have to live. I survived retroperitoneal liposarcoma and have been NED since October 2011. I survived breast cancer and have been NED since January 2016. I barely survived necrotizing fasciitis (within minutes of death from liver failure, kidney failure, lung and heart failure) and have been restoring my immune system for a year. I have every expectation that I will overcome all of these attacks on my health and survive so I can help others. Good luck to all of you.

      2 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Akristine, no one has ever told you how long you have to live because. . . .NOBODY knows that except our Creator!!! Doctors are cancer experts and in trying to be KIND, I think they try to give us an idea how hard we need to fight to get more time on this Earth, but it's just an educated guess based on our scans. Most of us dig our heels in and fight like the Warriors we are, so I appreciate that incentive!

      The long-term result is we all become more aware of our mortality, whether it be sooner or later, and we appreciate everyone and everything so much more than we did. Hopefully we'll enjoy some more time to make more precious memories. Then at some point Believers will be rewarded with Paradise. As LiveWithCancer reminded us recently, it's a Win-Win for us. (Maybe cancer is God's reminder that we all need to be ready to meet him.)

      BROOK, the above is the answer to your question, I think. If you want to share more information about your cancer, we may be able to help more. Wishing you the Best.

      Everyone have a very special Easter Weekend.

      about 22 hours ago

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