posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 12:41 AM
reply to post by CX
I had a very similar experience to your girlfriend's. Tumor the size of a grapefruit in my chest (in an inoperable area, so they couldn't remove
it), and a couple more the size of lemons and things like that. Six months of chemotherapy and a month of radiation. Its seven years of remission for
me at the start of March.
Chemo and radiation are not for everyone, and they have vastly different success rates depending on the type/severity of the cancer. Prostate cancers
have always been tricky, but something like Hodgkin's Lymphoma responds very well, but the treatment is brutal. Actually brutal is an understatement.
It was one of the most awful things I've ever been through in my life. I was in a drugged haze the entire time. I couldn't drink water during the
week I was undergoing treatment so I was always thirsty (a side effect would be that I'd throw up even drinking the smallest amount). The shots they
gave me to make my blood cells stay at a consistent (really livable) level made every part of my body hurt that wasn't already hurting. I missed an
entire year of school (diagnosed at 14). Even seven years out I still have to see my oncologist every six months. I'm quickly approaching the point
to where I have to worry about secondary cancers (primarily breast and leukemia).
But would I do it again? I honestly don't know. On one hand it was beyond brutal, but on the other hand I'm alive today (I wouldn't have been a
year after diagnosis). Regardless, its not a decision to make lightly. Actually research what you are doing and get a second (or even third or fourth)
opinion before you start treatments (whatever they may be). Its only in very rare situations that waiting a week will make a huge difference. I live
with the effects of my treatments every day, but treatment for what I had has also changed drastically. Radiation is now not commonly used in
situations similar to mine because it hasn't proven to be effective when used after chemo. Treatments are constantly changing, which is why its
important to visit multiple doctors. At the end of the day, though, the decision is really yours and yours alone (unless you're a minor like I was,
which a whole other topic), so don't waste it or make it on a whim.