According to my oncologist, individual chemotherapy treatments for prostrate cancer currently only extend life a month or two. It is possible to chain different treatments and maybe get up to a year increase, but during that time you’re on chemo! The chance of grabbing the golden ring of remission from chemotherapy for prostate cancer is, sadly, very remote right now. Unless things change dramatically, I doubt I’ll be a chemo patient given its significant downsides.
Further to Why Do People With Advanced Cancer Undergo Chemotherapy?, this study has been making the rounds. Main point: good patient-doctor communications about the terminal nature of their cancer results in less aggressive care and more on patient comfort through palliative and hospice. Helps counter the optimism bias. Quote:
Patients (and their caregivers) who reported having the discussions with doctors were almost seven times more likely to end up in hospice than those who didn’t recall end-of-life talks.
“A lot of patients don’t want (aggressive treatment), but they don’t recognize that they’re dying or that this is relevant for them,” said Dr. Camilla Zimmermann, head of the palliative care program at University Health Network in Toronto.
But, she told Reuters Health, “The earlier you discuss these things, the more options you have. If you wait too long, you end up having these discussions with someone you don’t know, that you…
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