Re: How Long Can You Go Without Treatment
Treatment for cancer is a personal decision. It comes down to the decision of the person who has cancer. No doctor can "force" a person to have treatment.
Some people who have Stage 4 colon cancer opt for "palliative" care. Care designed to keep them comfortable for the remainder of their life rather than debilitated by chemotherapy (which is usually in trial testing if the cancer is advanced).
Legally the doctor cannnot even discuss the treatment - of lack of it - with any family members unless the patient has signed a paper allowing it....
By the way, even if someone decides not to have chemo or radiation for terminal cancer, they may still end up having surgery to remove a tumor in the colon if it is obstructing the bowel.
I'm sorry about your daughter's Grandmother. By the time I was 17 three of my four grandparents had died. It was the beginning of one of the toughest lessons to learn in life. My dad died of colon cancer in 2001. He would have been 76 on the day he was buried.
He did all the clinicial trials, oxycontin, radiation, that the medical world has to offer.
But the truth is that our physical bodies DO die. All of us. My dad is still a part of my life - and your daughter's Grandma will be a wonderful Guardian Angel for her just as mine were.
At some point, even if she beats the cancer, her Grandma will die and I know it's hard for you to see her struggling with this. Learning to deal with the stages of reality & grief at her age may well give her strength down the road for when another loved one dies (as we all will).
Does anyone know what stage her cancer is in? I would certainly encourage anyone to do all they can in the early stages (I, III, III) and who knows what help in advanced treatment may be found by those with Stage 1V going thru clinical trials.
But it is their right to decide for themselves....
Last edited by Ruth6:11; 03-06-2004 at 08:54 AM.