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This is worth trying was posted 10/02/1998 02:30 am by David T.
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Jim: I'm sure most people will tell you to "keep trying chemo." I'm not going to say that's the wrong way to go, but I have a different opinion. As a person with pc, I must admit that it gets tiring to have everyone push this or that treatment. I have found myself taking treatments more to reduce the anxiety of persons around me, rather than from any deep belief that it will do any good. Most people are uncomfortable to be around a person who has terminal cancer, and are almost hysterical about insisting that the person take some treatment or other. Not recognizing that treatments are not without their own discomfort and pain. Frankly, no chemo treatments have been shown to cure pc, only to hold it back. Whatever you try, I would urge you to also focus on just simply being with your dad. Listen to him without judgement, without imposing your own fears and anxieties. Be a witness and a companion in this journey, and not spend your remaining time in a frenetic race to try the push the latest treatment on your father. From my own direct experience, that is what I most crave from people around me, and I'm sure your dad would agree.

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