• Chemotherapy or not???

    Asked by Whitey61 on Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Chemotherapy or not???

    Feedback from WhatNexters, does anybody regret chemo over doing nothing or alternative treatments...in an active discussion on another support site that they would never do and take chances as chemo will cause your demise well before the cancer will?,this has gotten me very agitated that anybody would express this opinion not being in our shoes and doing everything possible to prevent our mortality...thoughts..???

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    • geekling's Avatar


      I had the same type of cancer as GregP_WN. Why not ask him if it is aggressive?

      Perhaps you remember Farrah Faucett? She died of the very same cancer and it presented in the same area on me, this cancer which you presuppose was "a very indolent cancer".

      It isnt wise to make guarantees which you are unable to back up. Perhaps you would be well serve to read people's profiles before you comment to tell them they are fools and/or misinformed.

      It might also be good to remember that there are exceptions to every rule, even for cancer, and to further understand that my life is lived quite differently than yours. You might also think to consider that 1/2 of every graduating class is below average but, in a medical student body all the graduates get to call themselves 'doctor'. I looked at photos of squamous cell carcinoma tumors, especially those presenting where the little desert flower growing on me had appeared. According to the photos the tumor on me was classic in appearance albeit quite small. I will just suppose that myopia was rampant in So Fla physicians at the time in question.

      I have, since writing at whatnext, discovered that misdiagnosis such as happened to me is not at all uncommon. What is uncommon is that so many different doctors in so many different fields could miss the obvious.

      Anal cancer was nearly unheard of in a woman back then. I would suppose that, like you, the doctors could not reconcile with the unexpected appearing before them.

      I would remind that where ever there is a rule, there is always an exception. That is a fact.

      over 2 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Regret it? No, never. Angry and frustrated over the damage has caused to my body...absolutely. However, I'm here and five years cancer-free. And because of chemo, I've seen my kids graduate high school, one has already graduated college and the other will this upcoming year. Even if the cancer comes back, I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to go through chemo again because chemo already gave me five years that I might not have seen if I had hid my head in the sand.

      Not every cancer is the same, not every diagnosis or prognosis is the same and not every person will respond to treatment. I went for several opinions and every doctor was on the same page regarding the treatment plan, so I put my faith, my health and my life in their hands and I cannot be more grateful.

      over 2 years ago
    • cards7up's Avatar

      geekling, I don't remember or see that I ever called you a fool or misinformed. It's just highly unlikely that anyone with an aggressive cancer that was not diagnosed for what you say was 12 years or more would still be alive today without treatment. If the tumor was small and did not grow for many years, then that wouldn't be considered aggressive. Sorry if you took my comment the wrong way, but you're correct in that you're probably an unusual case.
      Take care, Judy

      over 2 years ago

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