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    What are the risks if I flat out refuse chemo? Has anyone on this site done that?

    Asked by awt on Friday, September 7, 2012

    What are the risks if I flat out refuse chemo? Has anyone on this site done that?

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    • vizslagirl's Avatar

      when i was diagnosed with BC 6 1/2 years ago, everything was so sudden and my cancer was so aggressive i was doing chemo a week after getting diagnosed. i never thought about saying no, because i want to stick around as long as i can. : )
      i will say that i was fortunate, the chemo (4 of A/C and 4 of Taxol) didn't make me "sick" and nauseous but it DID make me tired. the A/C made my hair fall out but i cut it short beforehand..that was still weird. the Taxol stopped my period for 2 months. chemo became "normal"....if that is what your doctor recommends, please seriously consider it. as i have to remind myself, i did not go to medical school so i have to trust my doctor knows what they are doing. if you are wary, maybe get a second opinion from another oncologist? just a thought. good luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I've heard of people refusing chemo. Have you taken the oncotype test to see how likely it is that chemo will be effective? The statistics for survival vary depending upon the class, grade, and stage of your cancer. Chemo is not for the faint of heart, both figuratively and literally, but it is something many of us endure in order to endure.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      The risks very widely depending on your circumstances. If chemo is is primary course of treatment, the risk of not taking it is the highest. If it is a secondary course of treatment using more for insurance that cancer cells have been eradicated, the risk is less. If it is intended as a maintenance treatment (i.e. non active treatment to reduce risk cancer recurrence, the the risk is less. There are may other possibilities that would affect your risks vs. benefits. Your oncologist is the best person to discuss this with, since he/she will know all of the particulars of your individual case that will impact the risk vs. benefit analysis.

      over 8 years ago

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