posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 02:40 AM
I was a pharmacist for 17 years. Before I quit pharmacy, I worked mostly in hospitals, and I made up a lot of chemo for our cancer patients. I
eventually got interested in studying more natural medicines, and now I practice hypnosis and am working on my homeopathic certification.
Does chemotherapy have a place? Yes. Despite all its dangers, it has saved lots of lives.
Is chemo dangerous? Hell, yes. Does it kill people? Absolutely yes....my grandmother got leukemia and was dead within 1 month after starting
chemotherapy. She died of the pneumonia from the chemo killing off her immune system....not from the leukemia. This is very common.
Should other things be used more than chemo when it comes to cancer? In my personal opinion...yes, I believe so. Since going into holistic medicine, I
have heard of lots of miracles from other types of therapy in cancer patients.
However, everyone makes their own choices. Some patients want chemo, and they have a right to make that choice. I personally, would not take chemo. If
I ever got cancer, I would try other, gentler options, first....simply because I've seen what the cancer patients go through when they get chemo. But
some people want chemo....and chemo does save lives....and that's their choice.
The one problem I have with this thread is the accusation that pharmacists are dispensing poisons and so we deserve to get cancer. Trust me, most
pharmacists that I know think they are doing the best thing for the patient. I know that's what I thought for years, when I was working as a
When I was a pharmacy student, I spent a month in a pediatric oncology/hematology ward at the university hospital. It was terribly difficult to see
some of these kids suffer with cancer. But at the time, we thought it was the only thing that worked. I certainly had never heard of herbal therapy or
homeopathy for cancer, at that time.
As I got older, and started doing my own research, I came to my own conclusions that natural therapy was better for many different illnesses, and
eventually, I chose to not be a pharmacist anymore. But when I was a pharmacist, I truly thought I was doing the best thing for my patients.
But every patient deserves the choice. If they choose chemotherapy, that's their choice. If they don't, that's their choice. You have to respect
Trust me, the hospital patients are CLEARLY warned with pages and pages of warnings, clearly telling them of all the risks of chemo. They have to sign
these warnings......the patients know all the risks. But still, most of them choose chemo anyway.
Unfortunately, we as pharmacists were never warned about having a higher risk of cancer. We had to gown up and wear two layers of thick, latex gloves
(and I even developed a latex allergy from using all those latex gloves!). We had to work behind thick glass shields, in chemotherapy hoods, with air
flow patterns that went from top to bottom... so we all thought we were safe. If I had known that I was giving myself a higher risk of cancer simply
by preparing these IVs, even with wearing all that protection, I probably would have said "Nope. No thanks.....I'm not going to do that."
Nuclear pharmacists clearly know their risks from working with all the radiation, and they have to wear badges....but oncology pharmacists are not
warned of the risks from working with chemotherapy. I did start hearing rumors of pharmacists (especially female pharmacists) having higher rates of
cancer after I had been practicing after 15 years, but this is the first I've heard of an actual study showing higher risks. Now that they know that
it's true, they should be warned of the risks. Oncology nurses who also administer the medicines should also be warned, too.
[edit on 14-7-2010 by nikiano]