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Old 10-24-2007, 10:04 AM   #1
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how long can you have cancer without knowing?

how long can you have cancer without knowing?

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Old 11-02-2007, 02:43 PM   #2
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Re: how long can you have cancer without knowing?

I had no sypmtoms except for some eventual swellilng in my the time i was diagnosed i had advanced stage 4b lung cancer with lymph node involvement. My doc said i probably had it for many months if not longer before they found it. I was lucky with my treatment of cisplatin and VP16. i am currently in remission but there is a high probability of it showing up elsewhere in my body. God luck and God bless..there is always hope

Old 11-02-2007, 08:20 PM   #3
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Re: how long can you have cancer without knowing?

It can be a long time as lung cancers usually don't show big symptoms until its very advanced. Some types of cancer are more aggressive than other also so that can also make a difference. The cancer I got was a slow growing carcinoid cancer and it was 7.7cm before it was found and even then it was found by accident during a CT scan for another problem. The carcinoid cancer I have grows less than 1cm a year so that means I had it at least 7 years before it was found.


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