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How Do I Decide To Do Chemo For Cancer?

Postby hozai82 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:42 am

Adenocarcinoma in 5 of 18 lymph nodes removed colon cancer. Have been dealing with COPD for years. Have 1/3 use of my lungs. The cancer had attached to my right kidney, but Surgeon able to peel off. Haven been on oxygen ( using 2.5) 24/7. At this time I feel the quality of life is far more important than length.
I am doing better now than I have in many years.
I just need a common sense statement in regard to chemo.
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Postby Sigwald » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:43 am

You are right. It is a difficult decision to make, but would probably make you feel far worse than you are now...Quality of life is just as important. And with all the side effects of chemo, no one knows what to do. Whatever your decision...I hope you feel good about it.
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Postby Siolat » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:46 am

I have had chemo 4 years ago for anal cancer and radiation then also, and in 1996 for breast cancer.
I found the radiation relatively benign, so if it would shrink your tumors it might be worthwhile.
As for chemo, at your age (and mine) it can seriously affect your quality of life.
Questions to ask an oncologist you trust would be: What are the percentage chances of remission of my cancer? Can I tolerate this treatment due to my oxygen dependency? Will the chemo extend my life or help make it more comfortable.
Should I have a bone scan to determine whether or not the cancer has spread? Do I have a little extra weight to give up during treatment in case I have difficulty getting enough nutirition.
Good luck sweet lady.
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Postby Shandley » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:56 am

You need to sit down with your onc and have a real honest heart to heart. Ask him/her about your realistic outlook as far as the possibility of pulling through this with chemo and what would be your life expectation if it works. If no chemo what is the life expectation. All I can say is that eking an extra 6-12 months if the chemo works may not be worth all the sickness and suffering. If it will buy you some extra years then definitely give it some consideration. You also need to see if your lungs can even take more chemo.
Remember death is not the end--just a change of body and scenery.

I wish you all the best on your cancer journey.
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Postby Jerry » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:00 am

you know noone could possibly answer this question for you. you know the risks of being off chemo and how crappy you are likely to feel while on it, as well as how horrendous cancer can feel once it starts going crazy
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Postby Eldrick » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:19 am

This is tough decision.
If i were in this situation, i would regard chemo or radiation as an adverse effect lasting roughly one year.
If the average odds of surviving one year with treatment were low, there would be no benefit from treatment.
If the odds of surviving more than one year were 50% or better i would undergo at least the first round of treatment and then reevaluate.
If the one-year odds of survival were moderate, i would then consider the 5-year odds and opt for treatment if 5-year odds were also moderate or better.

No matter how bad the odds were, i would opt for one round of treatment if there was a reliable way of assessing the treatment effectiveness.
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