When do you consider "cancer free"?

When do you consider "cancer free"?

If you have multiple nodes involved like myself, when do you consider being "cancer free"? A lot of people say the day of the surgery, but I feel like in my case, there had to been some microscopic cells travelled through my system. So do I celebrate

a. the last day of chemo assuming chemo did it's job,
b the day of my scan after my chemo was completed,
c. The day I got my scan result from my oncologist

Thanks!

A MyBCTeam Member said:

My doctor told me he would never use the term cancer free when someone has had an invasive cancer. He calls me "no evidence if disease= NED". I've known too many women who's cancer returned even YEARS later so I understand why he says that. He's probably seen one too many himself. I call myself "surviving".

posted about 6 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I say celebrate every day! Each one is its own milestone, and every day is a gift. That might sound trite, but there are no guarantees.
That said, balloons and champagne every day might get old...well, maybe not the champagne :-)

posted about 6 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

First of all we all have cancer cells, but our just decided to wake up and became active which is why we ended up with cancer. I would never say cancer free especially after having it. On a more positive note, I was also told many different answers when I asked when for we become survivers. After surgery was the most common. I kind of feel after treatment though because going through that was hell and I survived it all. Surgery and treatment = survivor in my mind.

posted about 6 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

NED -no evidence of disease - sounds so clinical, but "cancer free" is a misnomer, because we are never free from the spectre of what cancer did to us, and what it is capable of doing to our future. I am a survivor, free from the disease and free to help others in their journey.

posted about 6 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

celebrate when you get up each morning
celebrate when you feel like it
celebrate because you can

posted about 6 years ago
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