The word itself brings chills and fear to someone who hears it. What more pain if somebody you know has acquired the disease? Cancer is a disease that’s not curable as of the moment, and a lot of researchers, doctors and medical staff have been trying to look for ways to find cure for this dreaded disease.
The only known modality of treatment used to alleviate symptoms and kill mestastatic cancer cells. Chemotherapy is not a surefire way to treat cancer; it only stops or lessens the intensity and severity of symptoms to alleviate the pain experienced by the patient.
Real- Life Scenes
This is the usual hospital scenario- the doctor finally concludes his diagnosis of cancer and breaks it to the patient. Then, he explains further what will happen to the patient: the treatment options and the chemotherapy. Of course, most of the patients agree and consent to the painful, long and grueling process of chemotherapy sessions. Since chemotherapy is a hard and costly medical procedure, some patients opt to discontinue or even decline the treatment. Will their refusal to chemotherapy treatment greatly deter their chances for survival?
How does chemotherapy work?
Highly potent drugs are infused into a cancer patient’s body to kill the problematic cancer cells and stop them from proliferating and traveling to other body parts (also known as metastasis). There are a lot of potent chemotherapy drugs available, and their use depends on the type of cancer cells to remove. But all of these drugs are so potent, they are known to kill even healthy and normal cells too. That explains most of the side effects associated with chemotherapy: nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, thinning of the hair, increased susceptibility to infections and weakened immune system, to name a few. Sometimes, the side effects almost outweigh the possible benefits that this treatment option offers.
The Cause of Mortality?
In light of these facts, researches have been sought to check if chemotherapy, not the cancer itself, maybe the possible cause of mortality in patients. And some physicians have found out that chemotherapy doesn’t really work as promised. Take for instance, Dr. Hardin B. Jones of California, Berkeley. He experienced this with his patients- for 25 years, he observed that most of his cancer patients died earlier, faster and painfully while undergoing chemotherapy sessions. Thus, he concluded that chemotherapy is the actual culprit in cancer mortality. His study, published in the journal of the New York Academy of Sciences, stated that patients who refused chemotherapy had an average life expectancy of 12 years- greater than those who opted to get treatment.
So perhaps it is true. With the many side effects chemotherapy presents, it’s quite right to say that they may be the real culprits in cancer management. Even researches prove it. Let’s spread the awareness and help save cancer patients from a painful and sad death.
Source: Elixir Vitae Secrets