• why treat

    Asked by kcr1947 on Sunday, July 2, 2017

    why treat

    if death age is the same why treat metastatic breast cancer

    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I do not understand your question.

      Has someone told you that you will pass away whether or not you have treatments?

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      To treat or not to treat Stage IV cancer is a personal decision. I'm assuming that by death age, you are referring to a statistical age calculated by various data based on current age, health, family history, etc. Statics are a number that is an educated guess, not one that necessarily applies to any individual.

      That said, coshing treatment or not should be based on what it may or may not achieve for the individual. For me pain and over all quality of life is important. If I feel treatment can extend my life significantly longer, an each of us know what longer means to us, and that the side effects of the treatment or the outcome would give me a quality of life I could enjoy. Again what each of us has a different idea what we consider manageable and a good quality of life, I would chose treatment.

      On the other hand, if treatment would be traumatic and painful and not offer much more time, I would chose palliative (pain management) and hospice care. For me treatment for the sake of treatment is not option. Treatment with an achivale goal of remission or significantly longer life that allows me to still enjoy many things is worth it.

      over 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Amazingly, absolutely no one can predict a death age.

      I have read about my history. According to statistics, your note is being answered by the ghost of a decedant.

      Best wishes

      over 3 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      Treat until the disease or treatment diminishes the quality of life the patient chooses to stop treatment. It's the patients decision when to stop. The side effects of most HERS2+ treatments are pretty minimal so a person may continue treatment longer than with some of the nastier chemo drugs,

      over 3 years ago
    • Shahina's Avatar

      Selfconfidence is very important whether the cancer metastic or not.
      If you belive,you will win otherwise your mind,body will keep on getting worse.
      I know people who have been living happily even though they have been diagnosed with serious cancer types.
      The small thing which helped them was a hope. That will give us courage strength.
      LIFE IS GIFT. Try to hold it.

      over 3 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      As the others have said, this is a personal decision. You have to do what feels right for you. I would like to think that I would fight for as long as possible. I also hope that I would be willing to participate in a clinical trial. I'm well aware of the women who came before me and took part in the trials for Herceptin. If it hadn't been for them, I probably would not be here typing this right now. Good luck with your decision. Take care.

      over 3 years ago
    • lebel's Avatar

      i was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer 4 1/2 years ago and was told I had 6 mths to live...I went through treatment and was diagnosed last year with breast cancer , went through treatment including radiation and had a hysterectomy in dec..and I am still here to talk about it..so I do believe you can only get through it with the right mind set..positive thinking and just take one step at a time and breathe...you are strong..believe in yourself

      over 3 years ago
    • junie1's Avatar

      wow! this is a tough one,, In 2014, I was dx stage 4 bc,,was told that I was going to have a rough year, and boy did I !!,, never did any of my doctors tell me how long I had to live. What they did say,, was, " she's got as long as she wants"",, That's what I like to hear..
      My cancer spread from the left breast thur the skin under the right breast ( never touching the right breast!)t and into the right lymph nodes!! So a year of treatments,, several horrible life threatniing situations and stays in the hospital,, but here I am,, 3 yrs later,, working, traveling,, enjoying grandkids and a great granddaughter.
      I will say that I was 64 when dx'd,, and will be 68 in Oct.. Life is Good!
      Good Luck to you,, and God Bless

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      My dear friend's husband had stage IV Esophageal cancer. He had a tumor removed from his brain, did chemo to shrink other tumors, had them removed. Then, he told his wife no more chemo. She loved him so much she decided there had to be another way. So, she found the Dr. that treated Jimmy Carter with the new immunology treatments. That was over a year ago. He feels a lot better and no signs of anything spreading. Of course, they view each day as a gift and don't try to predict anything. But, someone may have told him there was no chance at one time..there is always a chance, and sometimes it's what you believe not what others tell you to believe. Don't let fear of treatments stop your progress, don't let anything get in the way. Treatments were not a picnic for any of us, but you can get through them and move on..believe it!

      over 3 years ago
    • PinkPeony's Avatar

      Not sure about your question. I want quality of life and if horrible, untreatable pain was involved, would rather meet my maker. Many stage 4 cancers are now treatable. I have stage 4 bone cancer. If things go well on current meds, I might have another 10 years. Praying there will be another new treatment when the cancer again becomes active. No more chemo for me either.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      If I were you, I'd probably choose treatment over quietly passing away. There is something about going out kicking and screaming that I find admirable over passively choosing to let the cancer slowly take over a life. I've had b/c twice and if it returns, I plan to fight it with all the gusto I can manage. I WANT TO WIN; I don't want the cancer to! Besides, there are new discoveries in treating cancer all of the time; this would be an excellent time to try a clinical trial---and if it didn't work for you, at least you would have the satisfaction that you did all you could to preserve your life AND in doing the trial, you were furthering future cure discoveries. Best of luck to you.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Stage IV endometrial cancer. Next month is my 5th cancerversary. 15% chance of being here for 5 years. I'm still here causing trouble. Keep in mind, that prognosis date is an educated guess. Have you considered a 2nd opinion to see if there is a difference in that educated guess? Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      None of us come with an expiration date. Quality of life is what is important to me.

      over 3 years ago
    • lilmom's Avatar

      My understanding is that they would treat it like any other chronic disease. Don't let the word cancer scare you in believing anything else. There are options like trials and/or treatment plans currently being used. No one can predict when you will die. I know people who have lived over 10 years with stage IV cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • Mommaz's Avatar

      I have been living with mets for over 9 years and i don't think i would be here this long if not for treatment. When i was first diagnosed with mets the doc said statistically i had two to three years well let me tell you i don't plan on going anywhere soon. I have three beautiful grand babies and i want to see them grow up for as long as the good lord sees. It is a personal choice and no one can tell you what to do. When the pain gets so i can't stand it then i will no it's time to go home. Good luck on this crazy journey none of us signed up for.

      about 3 years ago

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