Breast cancer survivors view it as chronic disease
“I consider it to be a chronic disease”
The diagnosis of breast cancer isn't the death sentence it was 17 years ago. In that time, mortality rates have gone down by 24 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. via WisInfo
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Since: Dec 05
#1 Oct 13, 2007
Should you consider yourself cured or living with a chronic disease? It's a cronic disease that you have to deal with for the rest of your life. What are the consequences of chemotherapy and radiation years or decades later? Better prepare for it. What is the psychological impact of having what may be permanent disabilities from its treatment? Could be plenty.
Cancer is a cronic disease, and numerous people have been successful by utilizing cutting-edge technologies to ward off a death sentence. The aim of cancer medicine has been to help control symptoms and not cure the disease. Sort of like a higher power to look over and keep cancer at bay. You must be vigilant, utilizing numerous tools to keep it in check. Hopefully, one can be one step ahead of the game.
#2 Oct 13, 2007
I have read that Breast Cancer can be considered a cronic disease and that it can't be cured this is why it is so important to get your yearly mammo and the needed blood work from your onco dr.
#3 Oct 14, 2007
We cannot consider ourself cured until there IS a cure for the disease...and as of today...there isn't. We are in remission...for however long that lasts, be it 2 years or 20 years. Cancer is sneaky and will always have the opportunity to pop up at any day, month or year...until there is a cure for it, to stop it in its tracks.
I agree that breast cancer is not the death sentence that it was 17 years ago...however, women are STILL dying. I WILL NOT consider BC as a managable/chronic disease until is actually a managable/chronic disease, where women stop dying at the rate they are dying. A chronic disease is one that can be managed for the rest of ones natural life. We cannot yet say that for cancer. Sure there are treatments that give us a lot more time, but it has not reached the stage of being treated as a chronic disease, so I disagree. People with chronic diseases do not die at a rate of 40,000 per year. We are still dying. We are getting very close to managing it, however, and I believe with all my heart that it will become a managable disease in the not too distant future, BUT...we are not quite there, yet...until it is managed to a point where docs can contol death from it. IMO.
Where is the cure???
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