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Cancer Survival Rate Question
WonderingJ posted:
A friend of mine has recently been told that he has cancer. Specifically, they think it is lymphoma. More tests are being done this week to determine more. As I read through statistics of survival rates of the ungodly amount of cancers, they always refer to survival rates as a 1 year survival or 5 year survival. My question is....what happens after 5 years? If a person is in remission after 5 years does that mean the chances of a recurrence is less probable? Or does it mean that people aren't surviving past 5 or 10 years, so there is no need to calculate the survival rate? Two of my grandparents have had cancer of differing types when they were in their 60's and 70's, now they are in their 70's and 80's. My friend is in his early 40's and 10 years only puts him into his 50's. Is it likely that if he does see remission that he could live into his 70's? Or is that completely unrealistic? I guess I'm wondering if a normal life expectancy is possible with a lymphoma diagnosis?

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