Re: [MOL] Seminar [02661] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] Seminar



Thanks Christine for your input!  I appreciate all the info I
can get.  Thanks for the B-Day wish.
Love,Mary
> 
> Sounds to me like a typical doctor covering his butt. There is no guarantee
> that radiation or chemo will kill off every single cancer cell in the body
> but I have to believe that if chemo, etc.  is recommended, there must be
> some reasonable expectation of either extending life or quality thereof, or
> why would they be recommending it? Certainly, advanced cancers, patient's
> state of mind and attitude, THE ATTITUDE OF THE DOCTOR, etc. are all
> contributing factors in the recovery process. Sometimes the decision IS
> between quality of life with or without treatment. I get the impression
> that this doc would not be one of those inspiring, optimistic ones. I'm
> glad I was not at the seminar as I think I would be fuming. Forgive me if I
>  rambled on but it just got my goat. (Did I tell you I have PMS? LOL).
> Belated happy anniversary.
> Christine
> 
> At 09:20 PM 24/09/98 -0400, you wrote:
> >Went to a Cancer seminar last night on our anniversary.  Some of the
> >things the Oncologist had to say were unnerving.  He said that even
> >if you get tumor shrinkage that does not necessarily mean your life
> >will be extended.  He said that in the case of incurable cancers tumor
> >shrinkage does not mean that they have killed all of the other cancer
> >cells which are traveling throughout the rest of the body.  So my
> >question is why go through all of the chemo and radiation treatments
> >if your life is not going to be extended?  Is it merely for pallative
> >treatment to improve the quality of life and if so would you have
> >better quality of life without the effects of the treatment?  Any
> >thoughts?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Mary
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