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Chemo not only prolongs life, but it also very often improves the quality of that life. I know the side effects are always something we grumble about and yes, they are sometimes intolerable, but the side effects of cancer are not very good either. Chemo may be able to keep those at bay until closer to the very end, giving us less time in that misery.
Quoted from the article, regarding other countries not approving payment, 'Then there is the United States, where wider access to drugs may be one of the reasons our cancer survival times rank among the highest worldwide.' That fact alone kind of disproves the 'It doesn't work anyway' idea, I believe.
Then finally, nobody even mentioned the springboard effect. If these drugs
are not able to be used, how will we ever know if they really do work or not?
The trials are not enough. Everything we learn, collectively, from the use
of any treatment can be used to build new treatments. Studying what works
and what doesn't is what makes progress. Progress is worth it. I tend to
think of the big picture when we talk chemo costs. Sure, my one little life
may not be worth the $15 K a month my drugs cost. But, there is benefit in
my taking those treatments. What happens to me and everyone else who takes
these drugs matters. It will help future research and development of new
drugs and treatments. I truly believe it will help future patients. How can
anyone say that is not worth the price?
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