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September 24, 2009

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Finn

Excellent article, and very timely for me as I approach my 5-year mark. I know ovarian cancer commonly recurs, that the genetic mutation I carry increases my risk of other cancers, that my treatment carried a risk of provoking a secondary cancer, and that my oncologist may well want to see me every 6 months for the rest of my life. From the beginning of chemo I've recognized that I'll only know for certain that I'm "cured" when I'm dying of something else so I'm happy to live with uncertainty for as long as I can!

Ronni Gordon

Before I got AML, I had no idea about the difference between remission and cure. My doctor told me the very high remission rates, and then said, "Remission is not cure. At two years, you break out the Champagne, and at five years you are called cured." I was surprised and not too happy about the difference. I went into remission easily, which of course was great, and then I thought I was well on the path to being "cured" when I relapsed after three and a half years. Now I totally understand why it is an iffy word. I tell myself that I guess I am cured because I'm still alive after more than five years, so that should count for something. I know they mean five years from beginning of your latest treatment, but I have a little fun taking the broadest interpretation. Best not to get caught up in it at all.

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