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My partner has NSCLC sqaumous and is in the middle of his first 6 cycles of chemo. Family and friends who have had cancer or know of those who have or had cancer ask "what is his cancer number?". We get CBC and blood lab reports every week but no one has ever mentioned his CANCER NUMBER in this journey so far. How important is this number? Does it decrease with chemo? Any info would be appreciated.
Thanking responders in advance,
Cher, There are a couple different numbers... One is the stage of cancer - that will be a I, II, III or IV. Another is based on the size of the mass/tumor found (T), whether or not nodes have been effected (N) and if the cancer has spread to other organs (M). In my case, I had a pretty good sized mass that was not found in any nodes, and had not spread to other organs. So I was a T2N0M0, stage Ib. That being said, numbers are just numbers, and each and every cancer patient is an individual as so is their cancer, and their prognosis. It is important not to get too 'hung up' on numbers. They are really just identification tools and have no real significance in regards to treatment or survival.
Good luck to you and your partner!
Just wanted to echo what Erin and John said and add that another number you may hear about is SUV(Standard Uptake Value). That is just a value that expresses how much a tumor brightens on a PET scan. It isn't very standard really as it can vary by equipment and the radiologist doing the analysis. Again, it's not really a good idea to get hung up on numbers. We are all individuals and we have to look at our situations individually. That doesn't mean we can't lean on each other to share info and comfort though. Good luck, God bless and keep the faith...
My dear David you said it so well we are all different and we have to look at our situations individually I my self was diagnosed in 1993 as having a stage 4 incurable lung cancer & today i am cancer free i had to work with my Oncologists and also do my part As a man thinks in his mind,so is he in his body ,the strongest thing in your body is your thinking!The body is soft,pliable,and even plastic to your thoughts.We are all capable of doing so much more than we think we are ....God bless and keep the faith and believe in your inner power .........