Treatment

Making Treatment Decisions When the Prognosis Is Not Good

Phyllis Johnson Health Guide April 28, 2012
  •  One of the on-line groups I belong to is buzzing with indignation about an article, “Living Life In My Own Way—And Dying That Way As Well," by Amy Berman in HealthAffairs.  In the article, Berman describes her decision to skip chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery as treatment...

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    Apr. 28, 2012

    Phyllis, what a compelling, engaging piece you've written here. Cancer is a subject all of us find uncomfortable to speak about, to some degree. Even when you've been dealing with it for years, as we have, it's still scary - and abhorrent for what it does to people. Thus your sound advice about choosing (or not) aggressive treatment; information about stage...

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    Phyllis, what a compelling, engaging piece you've written here. Cancer is a subject all of us find uncomfortable to speak about, to some degree. Even when you've been dealing with it for years, as we have, it's still scary - and abhorrent for what it does to people. Thus your sound advice about choosing (or not) aggressive treatment; information about stage IV not being the immediate death sentence it used to be; and finding doctors who'll work with you to accomplish your chosen goals (not theirs), is so valuable. Thanks for posting this - and I'm glad you've defied (and continue to defy) the odds! PJH

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Apr. 29, 2012

      Thank you, PJ.  There is no "one solution fits all" for cancer decision making, but accurate information can help people find the best solution for them.