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  •  So, I'm hardly young, (3+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate, smileycreek, Avila

    but my oncologist said that one reason she recommended chemo is because of my relative youth at time of diagnosis.  Seems "surviving" cancer is counted at 5 years, but I would hope for more that that at age 51!  And my sister has outlived her predicted life span and is at 9 years survivorship and thinking about how she made financial plans based on much less time and whether or not she should return to work.  

    I think, more and more, that cancer is like a chronic condition, and long term monitoring may become more normal - both for the existing/cured cancer and the potential "side effect" cancers caused by the treatment regimen.  At least, that is what I hope, since I would like to be healthy and around for a while!

    •  I hope for many times 5 for you, corvaire, (4+ / 0-)
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      corvaire, smileycreek, DarkHawk98, Avila

      for your sister, and for everyone who visits the MNCC and their loved ones.
      Rumor has it that, as you write, many varieties of cancer will become chronic rather than acute conditions, and that learning long-time management strategies will be ahead for many of us. May it be so for more and more.

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:26:34 PM PST

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