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Is Chemotherapy a Cure-All?

The need for honest communication

A cancer sufferer’s ability to benefit from these different treatment routes will depend on a variety of factors, including: the type of cancer she has and how advanced it is, as well as her age and overall health.

Having so many different options means it’s critical that people with cancer and their caregivers fully understand the variety of individual factors involved in a treatment decision—including how effective a particular therapy is likely to be.

“If patients do not know whether a treatment offers a realistic possibility of cure, their ability to make informed treatment decisions that are consistent with their preferences may be compromised,” says lead study author, Jane Weeks, M.D., in a press release, “This misunderstanding may pose obstacles to optimal end-of-life planning.”

It’s important for people with cancer, caregivers and doctors to engage in honest, open discussions regarding personal preferences and care goals before starting any type of treatment plan.

For more information on how to have these kinds of conversations, and why they are important, see:

Knowing Your Goals and Values Makes Health Decisions Easier
How to Talk to your Doctor

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By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor

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4:24PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

I don't care what negative things people say I'm alive because of chemo. I did however added to it with Pau D'arco (native American plant to boost the immune system and prayer the best thing was returning to by then young family because it gave me the determination to think positive about my Leukaemia...

4:56PM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

Cancer treatments are a big business!

11:14AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Often it is the adverse treatment effects of the Chemo type drug that affects health related quality of life for cancer patients. These type of drugs tend to damage cancer cells and healthy cells.

Palliative care teams include pain management, and the management of treatment related side effects for people with serious illness. Most hospitals have a Palliative Care Team in addition to Oncology team.

DaSomá is a medicinal skin cream formulated for cancer treatment induced skin damage and discomfort (dermatologic toxicity).

There are meaningful options to help ease the cancer journey.

8:50AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:11AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

THUMBS DOWN FOR CHEMO - I av read too much on it let nature take it's course

9:32PM PDT on May 31, 2013

noted

5:09PM PDT on May 31, 2013

:-( chemotherapy looks very tough to experience

7:24AM PDT on May 31, 2013

often it prolongs the AGONY, especially for 4th stage cancers

12:19AM PDT on May 31, 2013

I agree with Kay M.

12:49AM PDT on May 30, 2013

I would never ever agree to chemo. I have seen people suffer from it, it only prolonged their misery. For the medical profession and the big Pharma industrie it is a goldmine giving false hope.
Only God knows the plan of our life, nothing can stop this.

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