Will the cancer come back?

You may wonder how likely it is that the cancer will come back or how long people with the same type of cancer live. Cancer is most likely to recur in the first five years after treatment ends. Generally, the more time that goes by, the less likely it is that the cancer will come back (see Survival statistics).

The risk of cancer coming back is different for each person and depends on many factors, including the type and stage of cancer, genetic factors, type of treatment and time since treatment. Talk to your doctor about your risk of recurrence.

For more on how to reduce your risk of cancer recurrence, see Taking control of your health.


This information was last reviewed in April 2018
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