• When do you start counting years of survivorship? Diagnosis date? End of treatment date?

    Asked by Viking on Friday, April 12, 2013

    When do you start counting years of survivorship? Diagnosis date? End of treatment date?

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear Viking,

      Hi. I'm Aliza, the site's unofficial Medical Librarian.

      I believe that you're considered a Survivor starting from the date of your diagnosis until the present (whenever that is). That is different from being considered "Cancer free" or "in remission". "Cancer free" is fairly self explanatory. You're considered to be "in remission" when you're "cancer free" for five years. As long as you're alive you're a survivor.

      Currently, I'm a survivor and I'm about to celebrate 4 months of being Cancer free.

      I hope that I made these distinctions a bit more clear. If you have any further questions or anything else I can help with, feel free to message me here or email me offsite.
      Warm wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      The American Cancer Society considers you a survivor from the time you are diagnosed with cancer. As long as your still on the green side of the grass, your a survivor.

      Welcome to the club!

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      i count day of Dx....so my "cancerversary is February 3rd...the day I heard those dreaded words!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      My Oncologist agrees that you are considered a Survivor from the date of Diagnosis -- so my date is 11/11/11. And since my husband broke his back on 11/1/11 -- we do not consider 1 to be our lucky number!! --- or 2011 to be our lucky year!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Kossmore's Avatar

      When I went through treatment 9 yrs ago, they said that when you had surgery and the cancer was removed. At that time it is assumed you are cancer free and therefore a survivor. Hugs and healhy wishes to you.

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I have been told you are a survivor from the moment you are diagnosed. They told me to remember that date because that is your anniversary date :)

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I think diagnosis date.

      But here's my question: If I had my biopsy on Friday and everyone (including me) pretty much "knew" I had cancer then but I didn't get "the call" until Tuesday after the long(!) weekend. Which is my diagnosis date? I know it really doesn't matter. Just curious.

      over 3 years ago
    • Gma's Avatar

      This is not in answer to your question, but thought that I would tell you that MD Anderson in Houston, Tx has a study involving inflammatory breast cancer. I think because there are so few cases diagnosed that they were trying to get as many pts to go there in there study trial.

      over 3 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      Hi, Viking. My surgeon told me everyone counts differently. I decided to choose the day I finished treatment.

      over 3 years ago

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