Quick Answer: Should I Have Chemotherapy Or Not?

Can I refuse chemotherapy?

There are people who choose not to get any cancer treatment.

This can be very hard for family and friends who may not agree with this choice.

But for the most part, people who are able to make decisions for themselves have the right to refuse any and all treatment..

Is there alternatives to chemotherapy?

Here are some of the most common alternative treatments to chemotherapy: Immunotherapy- this therapy option uses immune-boosting medications to increase the patient’s natural defense against cancer.

Is chemotherapy painful?

Some chemotherapy drugs can cause painful side effects, such as aching in the muscles and joints, headaches and stomach pains. Pain may be felt as burning, numbness, tingling or shooting pains in the hands and feet (called peripheral nerve damage). This type of pain can last long after treatment ends.

What is chemo rage?

Sometimes people with cancer worry about, joke about, or become frustrated by what they describe as mental cloudiness or changes they might notice before, during, and after cancer treatment. This cloudiness or mental change is commonly referred to as chemo brain.

What’s worse chemo or radiation?

The radiation beams change the DNA makeup of the tumor, causing it to shrink or die. This type of cancer treatment has fewer side effects than chemotherapy since it only targets one area of the body.

Is chemotherapy better than it used to be?

Chemotherapy more tolerable than ever “There are so many advancements that are making chemotherapy more tolerable and safe, and less harmful to the body’s healthy cells,” says Dr. Dunbar. “Chemotherapy is now able to more precisely target the tumor, leaving the rest of the healthy cells alone.”

Is chemo worse or better?

The effects of chemo are cumulative. They get worse with each cycle. My doctors warned me: Each infusion will get harder. Each cycle, expect to feel weaker.

Can you refuse treatment?

A mentally competent patient has an absolute right to refuse to consent to medical treatment for any reason, rational or irrational or for no reason at all, even when the decision may lead to his or her own death.

What are the worst days after chemo?

Delayed nausea and vomiting usually starts more than 24 hours after treatment and can last up to a few days after treatment ends. It’s more likely with certain types of chemo or other drug to treat cancer. Ask your doctor if the treatment you’re getting is known to cause delayed nausea and vomiting.

How many rounds of chemo is normal?

You may need four to eight cycles to treat your cancer. A series of cycles is called a course. Your course can take 3 to 6 months to complete — and you may need more than one course of chemo to beat the cancer.

How long does it take to feel normal after chemo?

Most people say it takes 6 to 12 months after they finish chemotherapy before they truly feel like themselves again. Read the resource Managing Cognitive Changes for Cancer Survivors for more information about managing chemo brain.