The first questions we often hear from our newly-diagnosed cancer patients are: What’s my prognosis? Will I survive? Can I be cured? Clinically speaking, both your prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following:
- Your cancer’s stage (the size of the tumor and whether it has spread to other places in the body)
- The type of cancer cells and how they look under a microscope
- Whether you have symptoms
- Your general health, including your heart and lung health
- Whether your cancer is newly-diagnosed or recurrent
Once we know this information, we will have a general idea of how well other patients with your type of brain cancer have done in terms of survival. But keep in mind that these are just statistics, and every type of cancer, every treatment plan, and every response to treatment and side effects, will be different for each patient. We always have reason to hope.
Just as no patients are exactly alike, the same can be said about their cancers. Each tumor is genetically different from another, and these molecular differences can translate to one patient responding to treatment while another does not.
Roswell Park's care team is committed to giving you, whether diagnosed with early-stage or more advanced cancer, a fighting chance. You have our promise that we will provide the best care and treatments available, and the tools, support and resources you need to ensure both quality of care and quality of life.