Monday, November 29, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Taking Cancer Treatments

So much has changed in the world of cancer treatments, but for millions of people - the cancer treatments of the past cause them to pick death, instead of life saving treatments in the present. So, what are the pros and cons of taking cancer treatments today and will someone you love decided to die - instead of being subjected to treatments that might make them sick in the short term - but extend their life for extra months or years? Back in 2001, my father was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer after being misdiagnosed for months as suffering from a stomach ulcer. The minute the doctor used the "C" word (cancer), my father decided that his life was over and refused any type of treatment for his condition.

Then this year, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with Large Cell Lymphoma and even when her doctors told her that she had a 80% or better chance for a complete cure - she decided that she would rather die than take the treatments that were offered to her. Both my father and mother-in-law had one thing in common and that was that they both had experienced a loved one get cancer at an early age, who also choose treatment - but died quickly none the less. The tremendous cons of old style cancer treatments have brainwashed a generation of people into not believing doctors and even worse not accepting that cancer treatments are much more successful today than in decades past.

So what are the pros and cons to taking cancer treatments? I really believe it has more to do with the type of cancer involved than anything else. The type of cancer my father had (Pancreatic Cancer) is one of the least curable forms of the disease. However, the Large Cell Lymphoma my mother-in-law had - is a very curable form of cancer for people at almost any age. My mother-in-law died in August and I still wonder to this day why she made the choice to die, instead of choosing life with an 80% plus cure rate? While there are pros and cons to taking cancer treatments, I have learned that it is impossible to change a stubborn mind into accepting the realities of today - when their mind can only remember the terrible aspects of cancer treatment in the past.

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