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:roll: Hi, another question. Sometimes I think nothing stick in my head. When cancer recurrs, recurrs for ever? or you have the chance that will never came back? I am talking about chemo & radiation only.

Thanks bucky

Stage IB 2003 only surgery

Recurrence sep 2006

Cisplastin V16 2 rounds every day

Taxotere 3x3

Wait & pray x 3 month

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I think the lingo is a little vague when we talk about recurrences. I think technically a recurrence is the same cancer popping back up. If that happens, the odds are that it will pop back up again, but not always. If you have a new primary instead of a recurrence, then your chances of never getting another cancer are better. I think that generally speaking, if you have another cancer in a a year or less, it is probably the same cancer. In my case I have had two cancers come back within 2 years of the original cancer. the pathology of the second cancer described as being slightly different from my first cancer, but I am told that the cancer can mutate, so there is no knowing for sure. I never had a biopsy of my 3rd cancer, but the odds are that it is a recurrence. However, I prefer to think of it as a new primary and that I won't have any more cancers. My last 2 scans have show no new disease, but their is still uptake at the site of my 3rd cancer. I have another scan March 12. I am convinced that the uptake will be gone, the tumor greatly diminished and no new disease.

Don M

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