di-a-gno-sis n., pl. -ses The act or process of identifying or determining the nature and cause of a disease or injury through evaluation of patient history, examination, and review of laboratory data.
pro-gno-sis n., pl. -ses A prediction of the probable course and outcome of a disease.
For many of us the cancer journey begins with a "diagnosis". On the basis of various signs and symptoms, and with the help of scans, tests, and biopsies, our doctors will seek “to know” what is going on. Life before a cancer diagnosis (BC) can range from “blissful ignorance” to “anxious worry” depending on the signs and symptoms we experience beforehand. For myself, I was blissfully ignorant. Apart from some periodic blood in my stool I was symptom free. The bliss of “not knowing” came crashing to an end on August 23, 2004 after a colonoscopy revealed a large “mass”. Surgery conducted that same evening confirmed cancer. Life after diagnosis (AD) would be different.
Stage 1 Non-invasive Local Tumour
Stage 2 Locally Advanced Tumour
Stage 3 Lymph nodes affected
Stage 4 Metastatic (liver, lung, brain, bone, etc.)
Staging can be a long, drawn-out process, or it can happen literally overnight, such as in my situation. During my surgery the surgeon was able to feel suspicious lumps in my liver. Biopsy results confirmed his suspicion that the cancer had spread to the liver. Stage 4!!
--------------------are not easy to make and are rarely helpful. My surgeon gave me the statistics but declined to make a prognosis. Instead he referred me to another surgeon who could take care of the tumours in my liver. Now that was helpful!!
“Accept the diagnosis. Defy the prognosis!”
originally posted June 2007