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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-06-05 10:23 AM
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17. Your stats include preemies over 32 oz.
How old was your grandfather? What was his general condition? There comes a time when chemo will ruin one's life a lot more effectively than cancer will. Would he prefer a shorter life with a higher quality? Or was he going for time, puking for months and crippled with arthritis and wracked with pain afterwards? Chemo is extremely hard on the healthiest young adults. It is devastating for most people over 70.

I'm afraid medical ethics decisions aren't as simple as families think they are. All treatments have significant risks, and some are simply not worthwhile, and some of those are based on age and/or condition. Sometimes the cure really is worse than the disease.

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