Willow, I agree with Lainy, no one but the oncologist can tell you. They may not know it either. If the nodes are positive, it’s automatically stage IVA. If the nodes are negative, the stage depends on the tumor number (T). Not sure if they can determine it accurately without “opening her up”, as you said in another thread.
Does anyone know what stage it is if there are only local tumors in liver and one invading the portal vein? (No distant mets). The main liver tumor is under 4×4 mm. Possible positive local lymph nodes (not confirmed on PET, but enlarged).
I always say that my wife is in remission. I never say “cancer free” or “survived cancer” because I’m afraid to jinx her.
Superstitions aside, I think that “in remission” is the most accurate way to say it from the medical point of view. There are no tests to say for sure that a patient who had resection is completely free of cancer cells.
Laura, I would call the ONC and ask. You have a right to know but we would not know as I believe the Stage is based on many other components. Also ask why he did not suggest chemo. I know that after Teddy’s Whipple 5 different Docs said no to chemo. They felt it would not help because of where the tumor was located. Now this was 7 years ago and I know the staging has changed. At that time he was a IB.
Only the ONC, I believe, could answer your question. Best of luck.
I have a question. I was diagnosed in June, had surgery in July, complications for next few months. So I never had the followup chemo. Now I am 6 mos out and oncologist says no chemo, just keep monitoring me. So what am I catagorized as? Do I have cancer? In “remission”? Have survived cancer? I don’t really know what to say when people ask. I am grateful for whatever stage that I’m in right now and enjoying each day as it comes.