Post # 1
Hi Bees. About two years ago my dad had surgery to remove a mass growing in his chest. They removed it, did the tests, and it was cancer. When doing the surgery they noticed something on his kidney. They did X-Rays and realized that it was a cyst and nothing to be concerned about. Now, two years later, it has grown so they believe it to be cancer. He will need surgery again to remove this.
A relative went through all this a few years back. Constant surgeries because the cancer just kept coming back in all different places. Is the same thing going to happen to my dad? Is there any chance at all that this could be the last?
Post # 3
Sorry to hear about your dad.
Yes cancer can “come back” though to be honest it was always there. Certain things can cause the cancerous cells to mutate and spread (thats why radiation is so dangerous). They can travel from one part of the body to another through the blood stream.
There is no way to tell if this is the last occurance for your father. Though of course i hope it is.
Post # 4
@MrsGatito: I think it depends on the type. My friend’s mom has had cancer in 3 places at 3 different times. One of my cousins had cancer once and is (hopefully) done with it. My dad is really ill too so I feel your pain and know how the constant worrying can get to you.
I wish your family the best!
Post # 5
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@MrsGatito: It all depends. They could be isolated, individual cancers or they could be related. Has he been told any of it metastasized or affected his lymph nodes? If so, the chances that it will show up in other organs is really high.
Post # 6
I don’t know any details other than what my mom tells me. My dad does not like to talk about it at all. I don’t know what kind it is, although I do know with his chest my mom said the cancer in his chest was the “better” kind, I guess a low rate of spreading, or it’s easily cured.
Ugh, it just sucks so bad.
Post # 7
@beachbride1216: I don’t think it’s any of that because I’m sure I would know if it were that bad. That’s reassuring.
Post # 8
@MrsGatito: Talk to your mom and get specifics. Not knowing is worse then anything that is fact.
Some cancers are really likely to spread and others are quite stable and cureable. Without specifics there is no way to ever know.
Post # 9
It can, it depends. Sometimes they kick it forever, sometimes it comes back a couple times then it’s gone forever, sometimes it keeps coming back.
Post # 10
I agree with all the PP who said that it very much depends on the type of cancer and if it metastasized or is in the lymph nodes. And some cancers are definetly better than others as far as prognosis and treatment options.
I work in Hospice care so we see a lot of patients, for whom this was not their first go-around with cancer. But for many of these people- there were 10 or even 20 years between re-occurrances. There can be a lot of living in the years in between- weddings, babies, vacations.
There is no sense in worrying until you know more facts.