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Gemzar was posted 02/28/2012 12:20 pm by Jonathan
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It sounds like what you are weighing is really a quality vs. quantity of life issue, a valid concern. Now what may be bothering you more than it should is a person who probably has an overall point of view on chemo, rather than a knowledge of individual chemos and the associated side-effects. My 2 cents is that Gemzar is a very well tolerated chemo by most patients, many side-effects that can happen are easily managed by meds or other means. With that being said there is always the option to try it and if it proves that in your case it does significantly impact your quality of life you can stop. there is also something to said about the possibility of it having a palliative effect where in some cases it can help reduce pain and suffering and be positive. What does your oncologist say? Does he believe it will have a palliative effect or extend life for a meaningful time.

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