Originally Posted by 1807truckman
There isn't any cure for cancer. Chemotherapy & radiotherapy is all there is where mainstream medical treatments are concerned and most of the time the cancer returns anyway at some stage, then more chemotherapy and so on until the end of the line is reached. So chemotherapy & radiotherapy isn't a cure either in the long run.
You might be lucky and get away without cancer returning for a couple of years, or be very lucky and it's several years, but your body could potentially be damaged quite considerably in all sorts of ways after the end of the chemo & radiotherapy treatments.
I still have time to make my mind up. The 'official' guidleines say starting chemo too many days after you've had a tumour surgically removed makes the treatment less effective in the long run. Why do I find that statement difficult to believe?! Cancer doesn't magically appear overnight (at least not to the naked eye) it has been building up in your system for some years beforehand. The chemo nurse (if she is to be believed) assured me that the chemo should be enough to kill everything off regardless. Unless she is perchance lying?
So waiting 2 more weeks until I've had some necessary dental work done first doesn't seem too big a risk to me, especially as the risk of having dental work, particularly tooth extraction, is highly dangerous for at least 5 years after chemo according to the oncologist. The lady I spoke to at the clinic yesterday hadn't been warned about dental work. Since having chemo 4 years ago she has then spent 18 months of those 4 years 'in hell' (her words not mine) when she lost several teeth. She also has neurological damage, lymphoma, deafness, numbness in hands and feet, the list goes on.
You're effectively handed a death sentence once tumours are spotted over a certain size. The question then is do you want to risk potentially chronic physical damage to your body which affects your quality of life quite badly subsequently, or do you want to take your chances and let whatever will be be?
It's a very, very hard call.
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