• Timeline statistics for cancer reoccurrence after remission

    Asked by DonyaFraley on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

    Timeline statistics for cancer reoccurrence after remission

    Hi, I was just wondering what are the chances of getting another form of cancer after RENAL CELL CARCINOMA. I hear a few different things as well as trying to research as much as possible. Is it true that if I remain cancer free for 5 years, that my chances of getting another form of cancer goes down significantly. True or false?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN (Best Answer!)

      Yes, for any type of cancer, once you have reached the 5-year mark your numbers start to go down. That doesn't mean that at 4 years and 9 months you are at substantially higher risk of a second diagnosis than when you're 5 years and 2 months. It's just an average. We all are at a higher risk of getting a second diagnosis than the average person that hasn't had a diagnosis. The radiation and chemo do some harm to our bodies while it's saving us. I choose to not look at the odds, I've already beaten them so far, but I don't want to sit and worry about if I will get the 4th diagnosis, it would drive me nuts. A good survivorship plan is to watch for symptoms of anything out of the ordinary, get them checked ASAP, see your primary care doctor when needed, and your oncologist annually at least, (they will set up checkup visits usually) and try to live as healthy a life as possible. After that, what comes our way comes. Let's just hope that it goes somewhere else. We hope you're doing well right now~!

      2 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I agree with GregP. There isn't anything set in stone about if you make it five years. The chances do go down but never go away. You can just hope the chemo, radiation, surgery and whatever else you went through worked. And by getting check ups, eating healthy, exercise and living a good life style, we can hope that cancer stays away. And then again, nothing in this life is guaranteed. We just live life and believe that when we leave this earth that we go to a better place.

      2 months ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I'm an oncology nurse and Greg is correct. There are a lot of variables when considering this, but a 5 year surviveability is always the desired goal.

      2 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      After primary and consolidation therapy, I immediately relapsed. A clinical trial drug placed me in full response for 4 1/2 years. I relapsed a second time, the lymphoma mutated into two varieties and I picked up a bone marrow cancer (MDS) from age and treatment. Cancer free now, but it came at a price.

      2 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      I had stage 2 or 3 Melanoma 50 years ago as a young woman, then was fine till a few years ago when i was hit with a rare Angiosarcoma, GIST, and a series of pre-cancerous tumors that all needed attention right away.

      It seems as if something went amiss with my genes, DNA, or who knows what!
      Anyway, since I am not writing this from my "just reward", I am still here, and dealing with the aftermaths of these cancers.

      So just be very aware of your body & see your doctor with regularity.

      2 months ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar

      Hi, I too have battled renal cell. My first recurrence was 3 years out and had gone to a lung. 10 years later, just last month, it returned to my other and only kidney. Because of regular scans it was caught early and treated quickly, so I am once again NED. There is always a chance of recurrence, but you can’t just sit around waiting for it. Live your life to the fullest every day, make plans and do everything you can to take good care of yourself. Don’t just be a survivor, be a WARRIOR!

      2 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I have 3 different breeds of cancer all at different stages. My Dr.s told me that my chances of getting any kind of cancer were the same the chances of getting the first cancer. Since I am now juggling 3 cancers, I am wondering who's next. As everyone here suggests "take care of yourself","get regular physicals" report any wierdness in your body's behavior to your PCP. My thoughts are 5 years is just when the Dr.s get bored saying you're NED. Everyone should be watchful for all cancers.

      2 months ago

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