The doctors never used the "C" word around me in 1975 they just said that I had Stage 4 Nodular Lymphoma, a cousin of Hodgkins. I knew what Hodgkins was, Cancer, and cancer was a death sentence at that time. I was more afraid of the word cancer than I was of dying. Once I was able to get over the fear of the word I was okay. As you have figured out I'm still alive and kicking. Chemo has changed so much in the last 50 years, for me I had to take pills for over 4 years plus 6 weeks of radiation. Radiation has side effects, thirty plus years later I am having to live with those side effect, I do not have any side effects from the chemo. I still have to have an annual check-up because a blood related cancer is never "gone/killed/dead" just dormant. I have blood work every 6 weeks so the doctors are keeping an eye on me.
Each year the treatment for cancer keeps getting better, because of what we go through. Just keep that in mind each time you have another chemo session, another surgery, or radiation session. Someone will not have to go through what you are because the doctors are learning new things because of us.