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Pam was posted 02/28/2006 12:45 pm by Anonymous
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Is her cancer localized or has it spread to the liver? (Cancer that has moved to the liver is much more advanced.) Does she want to keep on doing treatment or is she doing treatment to please others? Does she have any swelling of the abdomen (called ascites)? (Ascites is usually a point of no return with this cancer and treatment will not help lengthen life.) These are questions to mull over. Some people really, really want to continue treatment no matter what. Chemo works less than 50% of the time (and by works I means lengthens life by a few months to a year). It's your mom's decision but I think the rule of thumb is when your quality of life is terrible, it is wise to think about stopping treatment. A popular comment? No, but I've asked many doctors the theoretical question: Suppose your wife/husband had adenocarcinoma that was inoperable. Would you recommend chemo? They always answer no, but then we rethink these things when it's real, not theoretical. Anyhow, I'm glad you have brought this up. I hope you can find a way to talk about what your mom wants to do with her. Whichever decision you make, by the way, you always wonder if the other decision would have been the right one. There's no right or wrong, no real answer. Just follow your common sense and heart and your mom's wishes.

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