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    A common question we receive is about long term side effects

    Asked by WhatNextEmails on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    A common question we receive is about long term side effects

    Several people have asked about the long term side effects of treatment. Usually followed by the statement that they are considering not having treatment at all because of them.

    So to alleviate these fears, what would you say are "long term" side effects, if you have had any at all? And knowing now what they are and their severity, would you still go through treatment.

    It's a "risk/reward" situation.

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have never considered not doing the treatment. At my first Dx, I was only 28, that's too early to just lay down and die. For that matter, almost any age is not the time to just lay down and give up, but, I realize there are some that have no other avenue.

      The treatment doom and gloom stories are blown out of proportion, it's not as bad as some people make it out to be. Some of those people are even people that have never had chemo or radiation. Don't tell me how bad something is unless you have been through it.

      And PO, I hope you don't have a fever.....but we need more cow bell!

      11 days ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      There are long-term side-effects to almost every therapy some people have them some don't, In some people they are permanent in others they subside, What bothered me was the Dr.s only discussed the immediate and temporary side effects. They didn't discuss the ones that might pop-up later. They didn't even acknowledge neuropathy as a side effect. Knowing the side-effects would not have caused me to reject treatment but it sure would have helped me to cope with the long term side effects when they occured

      11 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      I was very aware of possible long term side effects from the chemo treatments I received but when you are terribly sick when finally diagnosed, you will do anything to beat the xxx cancer back and hopefully defeat it. I am six, almost seven years out now from frontline chemo. I have mild neuropathy in my hands. .My biggest lingering side effect continues to be chemo brain. As others have said you adapt and am I am very happy I am here to be able to adapt.

      8 days ago

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