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Would you have chemo therapy if you were terminal?

  1. Author Cheryl profile image86
    Author Cherylposted 6 years ago

    Would you have chemo therapy if you were terminal?

    If you were diagnosed with a terminal illness and the outcome would be death would you have chemo to prolong the alternative.  Would you be willing to put your body through the unthinkable just to last a few more months even though you would spend it sick.

  2. thelyricwriter profile image93
    thelyricwriterposted 6 years ago

    Absolutely. My wife is going through this with her dad. He doesn't want to do it, but we wish he would. He just recently found out and he is terminal. Every second counts and we know his time is soon. If chemo gives him more time, it is worth every second. This is exactly why we should be close to our loved ones cause you just never know what will happen. Cheryl, I keep you and your family in my prayers.

  3. Author Cheryl profile image86
    Author Cherylposted 6 years ago

    My sisters mother in law was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that spread to her lymph glands in her neck, she went through chemo and was very sick but the cancer was gone completely.  A few months later, she began having shoulder pain and it had started on the opposite side again.  They don't know whats causing it to reoccur because they can't even diagnose what kind it is.  I also work in oncology and it is such a hard job to see these people go to any level of chemo therapy for their families.  I just think sometimes we are selfish in our own wants and needs of not wanting to let go and putting our loved ones through suffering they dont want or deserve because they do it for us.  I watch my patients in and out of the hospital from chemo, getting blood transfusions after another, losing weight, not being able to eat, not really enjoying their last days but doing it because their families want them to stay around longer.  Its just my opinion but as humans we put our loving pets to sleep to keep them from suffering, but we let our own family members suffer for our own selfishness.

  4. move2move profile image60
    move2moveposted 6 years ago

    I guess this question is not easy to answer for anyone and really is a choice everybody would have to do by looking at what is really possible and what is not in terms of healing, from the medical point of few. However, healing being understood as the process of your whole being getting back to a total state of health because everything on all Levels finds back to its natural balance, is not the monopole of western medicine. It's ok to believe so, but the universe knows it way better. Concerning Chemo, applied to my person in that case, and I really just speak for my person alone & only ... I personally wouldn't as I know that It would destroy also a big amount of healthy cells in the process of the chemo therapy. I saw what a mess it can be in my family (lung cancer)just weakening my mothers's husband, making things just worse than they already were, means ... not especially my 1st choice. So, I personally miss the point of the action. I would look for people that have experienced where I would be right now and look what made that they survived in spite of using or not using chemo therapy. They are there, you just have to get over the believe that only 1 way is available in terms of healing. Go on my page, I wrote a hub about that, based on my own experience on so called non-curable illnesses. It's not cancer but that also counts for cancer or other illnesses. Here an example of a woman called Anita Moorjani, diagnosed with terminal cancer, had just a few hours to live and yet recovered from it completely

    Watch this video and make up your mind about, do researches about what does exist except chemo and what worked for others!
    To me the real question is, what do I need to leave behind in order to become healthy again? If my time would have come, I would accept it and tell myself "Well, ok! Then, so shall it be"
    But as no future is set in stone, I would just look for what might set things straight physically, emotionally, mentally, self-responsibly, without making it a "Fight", just a search for balance ...
    I would go for medical ways, of course, but not limit my possibilities to this way alone.

  5. Nichole Bentley profile image60
    Nichole Bentleyposted 6 years ago

    I am not really sure what I would do.  However, I have a dear aunt who has recently been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and has chosen to accept any treatment that will prolong her young life.  She doesn't seem miserable and in fact, she doesn't even look sick.  I understand your point about people trying to stick around for their families.  But I have to say, I think I would do whatever it took to stay even a minute longer with my kids.

  6. athena2011 profile image55
    athena2011posted 6 years ago

    Absolutely not! I saw my husband waste away from chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In the end he said if he had it to do all over again he would have chosen natural treatments instead or nothing at all vs enduring chemotherapy. He felt he would have had a better quality of life, even if he eventually died from his illness.

    The statistics for success with chemotherapy are dismal so I would say that I would definitely seek out alternative treatments.