What is your opinion about chemotherapy for a cancer patient?

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  1. Ranzi profile image83
    Ranziposted 6 years ago

    What is your opinion about chemotherapy for a cancer patient?

  2. MindbodyandFood4u profile image84
    MindbodyandFood4uposted 6 years ago

    This is a million dollar question. Without knowing more about the  actual circumstances of the patient, it is hard to answer. My immediate gut response is" I wouldnt do it." I would first research all the options available for the patient. It it also imperative to take in consideration the age of the patient. I would attack it from a super nutritious diet along with yoga and guided meditation. There are plenty of books on success stories available.
    I personally think it's your responsbility to know more than your doctor in regards to what is wrong with you. You should research extensively all medications, this goes for whatever ails you. And always get 3,4, or 5 opinions.

    1. kwade tweeling profile image94
      kwade tweelingposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This is almost exactly what I was going to answer. I'll simply add a few things in my own comments.

  3. msorensson profile image70
    msorenssonposted 6 years ago

    The chemotherapy agents destroy both healthy and cancerous cells. They work by the very simple reason that the cancerous cells multiply faster and are not subject to contact inhibition. Hence the cancer cells imbibe the agents faster..

    The mechanism of drug intake and degradation is not as simple to study or report about.

    The decision to take any kind of therapy is between doctor and patient only.

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      paxwillposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      +1

  4. kwade tweeling profile image94
    kwade tweelingposted 6 years ago

    MindbodyandFood4u gave most of my answer. This is the rest:

    Chemotherapy damages your DNA. Think about that a moment. It damages the very cellular information that makes your body human.

    Look into what it means to be a "cancer survivor". The terms the medical industry throws at us because they sound good, are not often what they sound like.

    In the end, I would try everything else other people have claimed worked for them. (Including the Gerson diet, Hemp oil like Rick Simpson talks about, Himalayan salt, Acupuncture, Energy healing, etc.)

    Only as a last resort, and while being dosed with super nutrition and vitamins, would I consider chemotherapy. This opinion comes from:
    1. Being close to successful healing without chemotherapy.
    2. being close to unsuccessful healing with chemotherapy.
    3. Research outside what the medical industry tells us is true.

  5. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image60
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years ago

    As a registered nurse who has administered chemotherapy, I think it is an option for cancer patients and should remain so. Only oncologists and their patients are in a position to determine the best course of action for their particular type and stage of cancer. No doubt chemotherapy is serious medicine, but I believe it is an option and patients should be informed of all their options, including the benefits and risks.

  6. Diana Lee profile image82
    Diana Leeposted 6 years ago

    Well, I am sure there has been success stories for cancer victims being cured with chemotherapy, I have seen to many cases getting this treatment in the later stages of the disease that only left them sick and weak. They are sick for days and may start to feel better shortly before another round is to start. I've known those that simply give up the treatment for the mere reason of having the rest of their time left to enjoy life, visit friends or do things they wanted to do before they die without having to confine themselves to bed rest. Chemotherapy and radiation bought my brother just one month more than they said he had. One month of misery. He actually suffered cardiac arrest once after the first drop of one of the drugs which didn't agree with him. Chemotherapy shortened the time my aunt was told she had because it burned her insides. She spent her last days medicated heavily. Chemotherapy is experimental. Not all drugs work for everyone. I'm not sure I would except chemotherapy without looking for other options first.

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    Larry Wallposted 6 years ago

    As is often the case, the best answer is the sum of the previous answers. My sister underwent chemo therapy for breast cancer. She had a biopsy, but the chemo proved to be necessary and she had a mastectomy. However, she is alive and doing very well. Going on two or three years now. You have to get the treatment in time. You need to know all the side effects and the likelihood of success.

    If I am 90 and someone says I needed chemo, I would probably say forget it. Now I am only 60, so if faced with the choice, I would probably take it, assuming that depending on the type of cancer, there was a real chance of a meaningful survival rate.

  8. SidKemp profile image92
    SidKempposted 6 years ago

    If a friend came to me with this question, I would encourage them to read "Cancer as a Turning Point" by Larry LeShan, and "Love, Medicine, and Miracles" by Dr. Bernie Siegel. Both are open to chemotherapy, but show much more effective natural methods that anyone can use, whether they do chemotherapy or not.

    If the person is genuinely open to transforming heart, mind, and lifestyle, then I think there are better options.

    At the same time, my mother was not open to those options, and used chemotherapy to heal her breast cancer completely. I would never do it - but I'm a total "go natural" type. We each must find our own truth in the face of adversity.

  9. Daughter Of Maat profile image95
    Daughter Of Maatposted 6 years ago

    Unfortunately, in most countries it is illegal to treat cancer with anything but radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery. I think chemotherapy is BS. You're basically letting someone inject you with poison. Chemo drugs are carcinogens themselves and likely to cause cancer.

    I firmly believe in the Gerson therapy. This treatment has CURED melanoma, and non-hodgkins lymphoma in thousands of patients with NO relapse. The drug companies have such a hold on the medical community, however, that no one has even heard of the Gerson therapy.

    A brilliant chemist, named Linus Pauling, treated cancer successfully with high doses of vitamin C. Vitamin C is selectively toxic to cancer cells, meaning the only thing it goes after is the malignant cells. It leaves healthy tissue alone. The human body has powerful defenses, despite what we are led to believe. When consuming the proper diet and nutrients, the body's defenses are so poweful that cancer should not exist.

    I'd go into all the genetics etc, but essentially, cancer is a healing process that hasn't turned off. There are several good documentaries on how diet reverses cancer and prevents this healing process from going awry. One of which is called FoodMatters. Charlotte Gerson, daughter of Max Gerson who developed the Gerson therapy, is interviewed in FoodMatters, and the documentray shows dramatic photos of cancers like melanoma before the therapy, and after. The results are astounding.

    If I'm ever diagnosed with cancer, I'll be moving to mexico.

    1. Ranzi profile image83
      Ranziposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hi, I agree. There is a documentary which talks about this Gerson diet
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1nmtIhB_I0

  10. ii3rittles profile image80
    ii3rittlesposted 6 years ago

    Chemo is radiation. It can kill cancer, but it can also kill you. I think there are many cases where people should NOT under go it. It should be a last resort after everything else is tried. I have heard of people being cured from peroxide therapy and even simply changing their diets.

    We live in a heavily medicated, over prescripted, well tested society filled with germo maniacs and people who trust doctors more than God himself.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image60
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Chemotherapy and radiation are not the same thing. Chemotherapy is chemicals and radiation is just that - radiation.

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    kelleywardposted 6 years ago

    I think each person has to make a personal decision on whether they want to endure chemotherapy. I think it also depends on the type of cancer they have and whether that cancer typically responds to chemotherapy. I believe it is a person decision.

  12. libby101a profile image60
    libby101aposted 6 years ago

    I think if it's my only option I would have to try almost anything for my loved one. It would be a tough situation to begin with...there are alternative treatments such as experimental...but those aren't full-proof.

 
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