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Prognosis

Started by silver56 on 03 March 2016 at 21:31

If you are given a 5 year prognosis and then have treatment does the prognosis still stand?

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    04 March 2016 at 12:03

    Hiya Sue thanks for your answer,I really haven't been dwelling on it.

    It was actually just a general question.

    I'm feeling quite well ATM.

    Thanks for being there to answer my questions. I appreciate it.

    Love suex


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    From SusieQ  
    04 March 2016 at 10:44

    It sounds like you've been thinking back to those early appointments, when a great deal was discussed, including prognosis. Prognosis, according to the blog 'talking to your doctor about your prognosis' (Cancer.Net) is ' a term for the predicted course of a disease. People commonly use the word to refer to an individual’s life expectancy, how long the person is likely to live'.

    It's important to realise that any figures/percentages the doctor gives you is based on averages, from a large database of information gathered from past medical statistics of people with your particular cancer - and as always, no two people are exactly the same...

    The question on your mind, I think, is whether the prognosis you were given initially, was then extended by having the treatment? Generally, doctors tend to give prognosis in terms of ' without treatment, your prognosis may be 'X', but with treatment it is possible it could be extended to 'y'...'

    The easiest way to clear up this question for you, is to speak with your hospital consultant, specialist nurse or your GP, as they should have more detailed information on what was said at the time. If you have an oncology appointment coming up soon, this would be a good time to clarify the prognosis discussion.

    It may be that time is ticking by, since your original diagnosis and treatment, and it can be a bit daunting if you have a definite figure etched in your mind. A patient once told me it felt like he had a huge clock, ticking away the minutes and the hours till the prognosis point was reached...and that can be difficult. In a sense, a prognosis will never be totally accurate, and is only ever given as an average....a sort of 'guesstimate'.

    I hope this information helps....

    Warm wishes

    Sue


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