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    unicorn6482 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    How long after treatment are you consider a cancer surviivor

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      SMT4

      My oncs have always used the term from the moment of diagnosis. I look at it this way being cancer free and being a survivor are two different criteria. My doctor says 5 years out from last clean scan is cancer free, and considered a "safe area" to say cancer free. I haven't made it there yet everytime I get close to a clean scan something else pops up.
      So I go with Survivor! Any person who endures day in and day out this battle of cancer that attacks us both emotionally and physically is a Survivor whether your are family, friend, caregiver, or cancer patient or cancer free!

      Your a Survivor!!!!

      over 4 years ago
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      alivenwell

      I am baffled by this. My resection was done, and at that time, I was considered cancer free. However, a round of chemo was recommended just in case anything was left in there.
      Maybe that answer depends upon each oncologist's perspective. My guess is that they try to have us think positively about our outcome.

      over 4 years ago
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      nance

      From the day you are told you have cancer you are a cancer survivor

      about 4 years ago
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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I had been having blood in my stool a month or so..went to GI and he decided I should have a colonoscopy. Was nervous about that..had never had one. After the procedure he told me he found a mass in my colon and that I would need to have surgery to remove it and they would do a biopsy. I was scheduled for a PET and CT scans and saw him again a week later. I knew it could be cancer and was very worried and stress out that week. When I saw the GI Dr. he said it was colon cancer and has spread a little bit to my bladder. I was devestated of course. At 47 I thought I was too young to have that type of cancer. So that was the beginning of dr appt for something or another pretty much every week. I hated it.

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