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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 01:08 PM
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5. each individual should be able to be respected to choose for themselves
I, for one, would choose no chemo in that situation. Its quality, not longevity.
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  -If you had cancer and chemo was only guarenteed to extend your life for 6 months would you? greenbriar  Jun-23-09 01:05 PM   #0 
  - I think it would depend on what kind of cancer and what horrors I'd  babylonsister   Jun-23-09 01:06 PM   #1 
  - It depends  sharp_stick   Jun-23-09 01:07 PM   #2 
  - I declined to have Chemo along with my radiation in April. The combination was supposed to  sinkingfeeling   Jun-23-09 01:07 PM   #3 
  - My 78-yr.-old mother, a breast cancer survivor, refused to continue chemo after one treatment.  pacalo   Jun-23-09 01:30 PM   #36 
  - .  merh   Jun-24-09 12:18 AM   #81 
  - My grandmother eventually refused treatment. I respected her for it. n/t  QC   Jun-23-09 01:07 PM   #4 
  - each individual should be able to be respected to choose for themselves  Mari333   Jun-23-09 01:08 PM   #5 
  - Absolutely!  Individualist   Jun-23-09 02:10 PM   #60 
  - I see his point.  KansDem   Jun-23-09 01:08 PM   #6 
  - The hard truth is that the family should respect his wishes.  Gormy Cuss   Jun-23-09 01:08 PM   #7 
  - speaking only for myself, it would depend on whether...  mike_c   Jun-23-09 01:09 PM   #8 
  - Ditto.  sinkingfeeling   Jun-23-09 01:10 PM   #14 
  - personal decision. i totally respect his right and would hope family comes to a place  seabeyond   Jun-23-09 01:09 PM   #9 
  - that is what I told his mom  greenbriar   Jun-23-09 01:09 PM   #10 
  - Please know that your support is invaluable to this person  truedelphi   Jun-23-09 01:22 PM   #30 
  - Well, she could be right -  JerseygirlCT   Jun-23-09 01:58 PM   #52 
  - Perhaps seeing a therapist would help his sister come to terms with his decision...  Hekate   Jun-24-09 12:46 AM   #82 
  - Quality over quantity any day of the week and twice and Sunday  Horse with no Name   Jun-23-09 01:10 PM   #11 
  - My feelings too  safeinOhio   Jun-23-09 02:36 PM   #63 
  - It is his life.  roody   Jun-23-09 01:10 PM   #12 
  - I finished chemo in march  Robyn66   Jun-23-09 01:10 PM   #13 
  - No way...  The_Commonist   Jun-23-09 01:10 PM   #15 
  - I think I would rather spend what time I had left saying my goodbyes and enjoying life  greenbriar   Jun-23-09 01:12 PM   #18 
     - Agree. Makes perfect sense to me. n/t  Fire1   Jun-23-09 01:49 PM   #47 
  - Quality of life for those 6 months would be my determining factor as well  Solly Mack   Jun-23-09 01:11 PM   #16 
  - Depends...  SidDithers   Jun-23-09 01:11 PM   #17 
  - That's a very good point.  beam me up scottie   Jun-23-09 02:01 PM   #54 
  - Heya bmus!!!...  SidDithers   Jun-23-09 04:18 PM   #72 
  - edit, dupe  beam me up scottie   Jun-23-09 02:02 PM   #55 
  - If I just felt  Mz Pip   Jun-23-09 01:12 PM   #19 
  - I HAD cancer and know that successful treament protocols are discovered all the time.  DailyGrind51   Jun-23-09 01:12 PM   #20 
  - If I had never had chemo before I'd probably have it.  Lars39   Jun-23-09 01:14 PM   #21 
  - My mom refused all treatment for lung cancer  tularetom   Jun-23-09 01:14 PM   # 
  - I know  greenbriar   Jun-23-09 01:15 PM   #23 
  - My mom took every treatment they threw at her  seemunkee   Jun-23-09 01:14 PM   #22 
  - My mom did also, gave her 10 yrs vs the 6 months. Me? It all depends  uppityperson   Jun-23-09 01:32 PM   #37 
     - That was on her fifth recurrence, 15 years for fighting it  seemunkee   Jun-23-09 02:10 PM   #61 
  - It all depends. So many variables. One one hand, quality of life is key. On other hand, how strong  KittyWampus   Jun-23-09 01:15 PM   #24 
  - It would entirely depend on two things -  RaleighNCDUer   Jun-23-09 01:16 PM   #25 
  - Depends on his purpose in life....suppose he is working on some kind of research  opihimoimoi   Jun-23-09 01:17 PM   # 
  - Not a chance  Donnachaidh   Jun-23-09 01:17 PM   #26 
  - His body, his choice.  Crunchy Frog   Jun-23-09 01:17 PM   #27 
  - 23 years ago, I had ovarian cancer with a less than 20% survival chance..  Peacetrain   Jun-23-09 01:18 PM   #28 
  - Are you me , Peacetrain?  ChickMagic   Jun-23-09 01:47 PM   #46 
     - ChickMagic.. I had to stop and think.. I did not make 10 but had 9  Peacetrain   Jun-23-09 03:59 PM   #70 
        - Congratulations to you too!  ChickMagic   Jun-23-09 04:15 PM   #71 
           - The reason I had three indwelling is because they kept floating loose  Peacetrain   Jun-23-09 04:19 PM   #73 
              - So you had indwelling caths  ChickMagic   Jun-23-09 04:30 PM   #74 
  - his family is furious with him?  northernlights   Jun-23-09 01:21 PM   #29 
  - Wife's uncle stopped chemo about 3 months ago. With chemo he  Obamanaut   Jun-23-09 01:23 PM   #31 
  - Refuse.  patriotvoice   Jun-23-09 01:25 PM   #32 
  - The family is starting to grieve now. It's a selfish response and  Gman   Jun-23-09 01:26 PM   #33 
  - No.  backtoblue   Jun-23-09 01:26 PM   #34 
  - I would, on the off chance that the 6-8 months projection was wrong. It's happened before.  Maru Kitteh   Jun-23-09 01:26 PM   #35 
  - My best wishes to his family and friends. It is difficult to accept someone's life/death decisions  uppityperson   Jun-23-09 01:34 PM   #38 
  - I agree with your friend  leftynyc   Jun-23-09 01:38 PM   #39 
  - I've asked myself this question  BlueGirlRedState   Jun-23-09 01:41 PM   #40 
  - My father refused treatment  Kaleva   Jun-23-09 01:42 PM   #41 
  - Support your friend in his decisions about his own life and its quality.  damntexdem   Jun-23-09 01:43 PM   #42 
  - As an atheist, I say ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY yes...  scheming daemons   Jun-23-09 01:44 PM   #43 
  - Strange, I feel the opposite.  Oregone   Jun-23-09 02:12 PM   #62 
     - In 6 to 8 months, medical science could find a cure......it would suck to die one day before a cure  scheming daemons   Jun-23-09 03:03 PM   #65 
        - No, it wouldn't suck  Oregone   Jun-23-09 03:12 PM   #66 
           - I appreciate the consistency of your thought! It's refreshing.  KittyWampus   Jun-23-09 03:15 PM   #67 
           - There always is a "possibility"... it would be "belief" if I thought it was a certainty  scheming daemons   Jun-23-09 03:18 PM   #68 
  - Depends on several factors. In any event it is up to the patient to decide.  davsand   Jun-23-09 01:46 PM   #44 
  - My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer four yeas ago  DainBramaged   Jun-23-09 01:46 PM   #45 
  - Kudos to a strong, courageous woman, and sympathy in your loss.  K Gardner   Jun-23-09 01:51 PM   #48 
  - At 58 if I was promised another 6 months with my spouse, I'd take it  quiller4   Jun-23-09 01:52 PM   #49 
  - My wife denied chemo and radiation....  Uben   Jun-23-09 01:53 PM   #50 
  - I think that's far too personal a decision for any choice to be "right"  JerseygirlCT   Jun-23-09 01:56 PM   #51 
  - It depends  Irishonly   Jun-23-09 02:01 PM   #53 
  - Doctors are not always right. My husband was sent home with a terminal illness  winyanstaz   Jun-23-09 02:03 PM   #56 
  - Each person is different  get the red out   Jun-23-09 02:06 PM   #57 
  - My Mom refused chemo.  Blue Diadem   Jun-23-09 02:08 PM   #58 
  - No...but...chemo can also very well tear you apart  Oregone   Jun-23-09 02:09 PM   #59 
  - Sometimes chemo can also be paliative....  hlthe2b   Jun-23-09 02:40 PM   #64 
  - Chemo is generally a pretty brutal treatment  MadHound   Jun-23-09 03:21 PM   #69 
  - It should be his decision  karynnj   Jun-23-09 04:35 PM   #75 
  - extend life for 6 months minimum, or 6 months maximum?  rucky   Jun-23-09 04:35 PM   #76 
  - I'd take the chemo, but I'd understand not wanting to do it as well  NeedleCast   Jun-23-09 04:36 PM   #77 
  - My mother had chemo for a cancer that was incurable to extend her life.  Cleita   Jun-23-09 04:37 PM   #78 
  - Yes I would, because miracles tend to run in my family.  Lyric   Jun-23-09 04:45 PM   #79 
  - thank you for all the replies  greenbriar   Jun-23-09 11:47 PM   #80 
  - I would take it as a challenge  Art_from_Ark   Jun-24-09 12:54 AM   #83 
  - I don't know; but it doesn't matter...  GoddessOfGuinness   Jun-24-09 12:55 AM   #84 
  - My dad has Stage IV liver cancer, and he's doing chemo to extend his life for a few months.  Heidi   Jun-24-09 01:19 AM   #85 
  - No, especially not after seeing my mother  Raine   Jun-24-09 01:58 AM   #86 
  - Nope.  DireStrike   Jun-24-09 02:05 AM   #87 
  - It's a hard situation.  proteus_lives   Jun-24-09 02:57 AM   #88 
 

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