it still bothers me. stupidity shouldn't be a death sentence.
It's just it's the only game in town against a tumor that has spread.
Chemo is very dangerous--that's news??
It's just it's the only game in town against a tumor that has spread. If a tumor bounces back stronger than before the patient is still better off than if the cancer hadn't been knocked down in the first place.
Quote from: Loren Pechtel on December 31, 2017, 03:10:14 PMIt's just it's the only game in town against a tumor that has spread. No.that isn't true
The issue isn't really chemo alone. Chemo has saved many, many lives and in combination with aggressive treatments (e.g. surgery, radiation, etc) is extremely effective, particularly with early-stage cancers. If anything, this suggests that recent efforts to reduce the duration of chemo and reduce the use of aggressive surgery and/or radiation to kill tumors is misguided and will cause more trouble than it's worth.The big problem here is really in dispersed cancers (e.g. leukemia or lymphoma) that cannot be easily treated with radiation therapy or surgery. Unfortunately, this seems to be the kind of cancer where this is readily observed.As far as anti-science idiots, who cares. This isn't like anti-vax where they're harming herd immunity. Refusing cancer treatment only harms their own health.
I had a fairly advanced case of non-hodgkins. Chemo cured me in rather dramatic fashion, with relatively few lingering side effects. Anecdotes are shit, though, so ...