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Pros was posted 11/01/2005 10:28 am by and cons
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It is a shame to hear of what your wife went through, unfortunately, this is common. The doctors think that they are helping the patient with their treatments, the treatments are based on AMA protocol procedure requirements. Their intention is not to cure, but, instead, for palliative measures in attempt to add time, never to cure. They are trying to slow down the progress. In some people it works, but in most it does not work. No lawsuit would hold up in court only because the doctors performed based on AMA protocol requirements, therefore, the court will back up the AMA and declare that the doctor did perform as requirements dictated him to perform. Therefore, it relieves the doctor of any liability. Chemo is not a cure, nor is the surgery. It will help some people, and some have lived quite a while, but there are very few survivors when compared to the proportion of those who had the surgery. My choice was no chemo and if I am going to die anyway, quality of life is more important than extending my life to only be nauseous and throwing up my brains for the duration from a hospital bed. In the end, they still take pain meds, so, forget the treatments, give me quality of life. There are a few PC cases in my household, those who took chemo suffered and died in only a few months, those who refused it did fine. At the same time, there are people like Carol from Texas who has taken chemo and appears to be doing fine, and she firmly believes that chemo is the only answer and that it saved her life. I understand her point of view because it did help her. It is good that it helped her and some others, but most do not do well with it and some die within two weeks of chemo. This shows that there is no clear cut answer. I personally believe that medical research is looking in the wrong direction. How can a chemical which is toxic to the body correct a process that is making incorrect cells and cause it to make correct cells. It does not make sense. They need to find a way to stop the body from making incorrect cells by natural methods that will cause the body to make correct cells. That way, the body will be in a more natural state biochemically and function normally instead of fighting off toxic consequences. Some will agree, most will not. Meanwhile, the government protects the protocols, therefore, the courts will support it and that is the way it is. My neighbor was 37 years old when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, she had a stroke after two rounds of Gemzar, lost her left side, could not talk properly, she passed away two weeks later. The shame is that the doctors should be looking at other paths because this current path only proves that the current methods are not effectively helping people, except for a few here and there. We need better results. Will it ever happen ?? I have no idea. I only plan for the future and be glad for today and try my best to enjoy each day with appreciation. Wishing you the best.

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