Article Talk: Beyond October: What's Next for Breast Cancer Survivors?

Started by jeninmichigan, October 31, 2016
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jeninmichigan

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I am sorry to hear about Kevin's diagnosis and feel it must be difficult to be a male patient in a female patient dominated disease community. However, I fail to understand his statement about the magical five year mark. There is nothing magical about hitting five years for anyone for any reason. Five years is a statistical point that is commonly used to measure survival rates. Beyond that, it has no significance. Noting this in a Cure editorial only furthers the myth that there is a 99% survival rate or 95% survival rate. This only means for five years. It leads people to believe if you make it five years, you are cured. What happens to the up to 30 percent early stage patients who after five years are diagnosed with metastatic disease when their cancer has come back in an organ or bone. They are blindsided. We don't talk about it in real terms because it is not pretty or pink and it is pushed under the carpet so we don't rain on the all the progress that we really haven't made during pinktober. Jen
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khevin-barnes

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October 31, 2016
Great point, Jen! I should have put that "magic five year mark" in quotes, since it is indeed a phantom statistic that is both misunderstood and over-hyped. While it certainly doesn't promise any cure, I personally will celebrate it (when and if I get there)as I would celebrate any birthday--another year to spend on planet Earth. I explore that in greater detail in my essay "The Five-Year Survival Rate for Cancer--What do these numbers really mean? PUBLISHED: AUGUST 21, 2016. Thanks so much for taking the time to write. Khevin Barnes
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TanyaDean

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November 24, 2016
I read the blog post of Khevin Barnes and got inspired by him. I can understand since my husband is also a breast cancer survivor and his oncologists said radiation with chemotherapy is the only option. We family members know how he survived this cancer during his treatment at http://www.advancedradiationcenters.com/ as well as after the treatment.
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