• Is there a point in time when chemo can become more detrimental than beneficisl?

    Asked by whatnext54 on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

    Is there a point in time when chemo can become more detrimental than beneficisl?

    Developing more side effects with each treatment and more severe side effects with each treatment. If chemo is being given as a preventative measure, does one reach a point where chemo becomes more detrimental than beneficial? I'm told by doctor's office, just 2 more treatments, just one more treatment and prescribed medications that have their own side effects.

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @whatnext54,
      Unfortunately therapies do have their long term side effects. However, it really isn't as bad as it used to be just 10 short years ago. These drugs are vesicants...poisons, and they do their damage in both short and long term use. Some are cardiotoxic, most attack cell production in the bone marrow, some affect the vision and even the ability to hear. The cells effected the most are those that rapidly divide like skin cells, mucosal linings of the mouth, rectal and vaginal vaults, the lining of the intestine, bone marrow, and hair cells. Just 12 years ago I was working as an end of life nurse. At that time, 95% of my patients were cancer patients and of those, 90% succumbed to the overuse of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. With the advent of targeted therapies, things are much better now. These are issues that pushed "patient centered care" so that patients could have a say in their therapies. This is still an interesting topic to discuss, especially as it pertains to radiotherapy as this was always an issue of dosing, and overuse surely did damage. Great topic and great question.

      2 months ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      For me, the answer was yes. I did not complete the chemo for my LMS. The chemo had caused my WBC to drop to basically zero at one point and I also became so ill I was hospitalized twice from the chemo.

      2 months ago
    • Suzebaron's Avatar
      Suzebaron

      I cannot take chemo. I cannot take the inability to breathe. Chemo is not for me. I need another viable option.

      2 months ago
    • JMP's Avatar
      JMP

      Absolutely, the effects of chemo being cumulative over time they become as burdensome as the disease itself. My wife took chemo treatments for nearly 5 years (3 years paliativly). The treatments did slow the progression of her cancer and gave us at least 3 years we otherwise would not have had together. The side effects were debilitating at times and even when she was on a “chemo holiday” they never went away completely. For her it was worth the suffering because of the hope that came with continuing to fight. We would tell each other that no one knows what will be discovered tomorrow, it could be the cure we are looking for, let’s do everything we can to make it to tomorrow.

      2 months ago

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