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Cancer Question

Anonymous
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Can someone, directly after getting surgery to remove the cancer, would the doctor then tell them they are cancer free within a week or two?

Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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by Platinum Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

In my experience, no.

But I guess it would depend on the doctor.

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Nov. 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Doesn't it take months for a doctor to say one is cancer free?

beeky
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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No way!  You need to be cancer free for 5 years before you are considered to be in remission which does not mean cured.

pandamom268
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 6:49 PM
That sounds right. I don't remember exactly what my mom's doc said but it was words to that effect. I think you're right.

Quoting beeky:

No way!  You need to be cancer free for 5 years before you are considered to be in remission which does not mean cured.

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bjdmom
by Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM
They basically told me that. I had part of my kidney removed. They removed the tumor and tested the margins around it. The margins were clear. I still had chest X-rays every three months and ct scans every six months after that for many years.
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edelweiss23
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 6:54 PM
No. My mom had thyroid cancer, she got the all clear 3-4 years later.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Nov. 16, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Interesting. I read in another group a mom who was in the hospital and had a pretty intensive surgery, and now is shouting she is cancer free. I lived with a parent who went through cancer and even after the surgery there was chemo and all that jazz so I was doubting her story.

KelliansMom
by Platinum Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 3:02 AM
Depends really. My husband had testicular cancer stage two if it had been stage one then after surgery he would have been cancer free but would still come in for rechecks. But since he was stage two chemo was needed and we are now in remission but his doctor does use the term cancer free when we have his check ups
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by Anonymous - Original Poster on Nov. 16, 2012 at 3:04 AM

She is/was stage 3.

Hannahluvsdogs
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 3:16 AM

My MIL's doctor told her she was cancer free about a year after she was originally diagnosed, after she went through radiation & chemo.

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