• What do you answer when asked, "What is your prognosis?"

    Asked by Vjp2012 on Thursday, April 18, 2013

    What do you answer when asked, "What is your prognosis?"

    Just curious. I was taken aback when a nurse asked me that a few weeks ago. It kept me up all night. Then I decided, my prognosis is good. I am alive, getting treatment and planning on living a long time!

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    • KimmieJo's Avatar

      I have been asked this question too many times in the last 3 years of treatment. I tell people that I am a survivor! I am still here and as long as I can put one foot in front of the other I will continue the fight! I might feel better on some days than others, but for me, it is important to get moving and carry on!

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I have never asked a patient for their prognosis and any oncology nurse that does needs retraining. However, a prognosis is a prediction, and if a nurse asked me that I would tell them that if I knew that.....I would be getting their pay!

      over 4 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      I was first struck that a nurse would ask you that!! I bet you walked away thinking of all the things you could of said. A good response would be, you tell me - you're the medical professional here!! I would of cut it a little slack if it was a well meaning general person.
      Don't blame you for being up all night - I would of been the same.

      over 4 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      PS - I'd be courious if it was an oncology nurse or perhaps your general doctors nurse?

      over 4 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      I have never been asked this question and as a clinical assistant in an OBGYN office, I have never asked a patient this question. First of all, it's the doctor that determines your prognosis after conducting examinations and testing and taking the necessary course of treatment, so I'm curious as to why she asked the question. I would have just simply told her to ask the doctor because he's the one that would know your prognosis. I hope she was just trying to ask how you are doing but stated it the wrong way. If she didn't mean that, then she definitely needs to go back to school for a refresher course. Take care.

      over 4 years ago
    • reginak's Avatar

      Maybe she meant diagnosis? I've never been asked that question, and if I ask doctors I get a lot of 'tap-dancing' around the fact that they don't really know. My current oncologist is great about getting me all the relevant studies I ask for, though.
      I think your decision about your prognosis is good!

      over 4 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      Kathy, the nurse is in the clinical studies toxicity department. I used to see her weekly to be checked for signs of toxicity. Now that I have 3 rounds of chemo behind me, I don't have to see her anymore.

      over 4 years ago

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