Does cancer always come back?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@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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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@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 # 8
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Sugar bee

@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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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
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6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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. 

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