Mediastinal Prognosis and Hope

  • Grace Dy, MD
The first questions we typically hear from our newly-diagnosed 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:

  • The stage of the cancer (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 there are symptoms
  • Your general health, including heart and lung health
  • Whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has come back

Once we know this information, we will have a general idea of how well other patients with your 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. There is always reason to hope.

No Two Cancers Are Alike

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.