A person who has had cancer is commonly called a cancer survivor. “Co-survivor” is sometimes used to describe a person who has cared for a loved one with cancer. Not everyone who has had cancer likes the word “survivor.” The reasons for this may vary.
When can you be called a cancer survivor?
The American Cancer Society uses the term cancer survivor to refer to anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer no matter where they are in the course of their disease.
Is it OK to say cancer survivor?
Health care language should do no harm The label “cancer survivor” is not based on any specific fact related to a persons particular treatment or diagnosis; it is plainly subjective. Language used with and about patients is important and can cause needless distress when used without care.
Are you a cancer survivor?
A survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. If youve just been diagnosed with cancer – youre a survivor.
Are you ever really cancer-free?
No. Not really. There are no special terms used for going 5, 10 or any other number of years without a recurrence. But sometimes, doctors will declare a patient “cancer-free” after a certain amount of time has passed without a relapse.
Does chemo affect your teeth?
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause changes in the lining of the mouth and the salivary glands, which make saliva. This can upset the healthy balance of bacteria. These changes may lead to mouth sores, infections, and tooth decay.