Cancer patients want to survive – right?
Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 7, 2010
Cancer: The Complete Survival Guide – www.fightingcancer.com
“Most cancer patients are looking for survival.” – Some thoughts by Vincent Gammill.
They [i.e. cancer patients] all profess to look for survival, but human beings are very complex and I think it behooves all cancer patients to really
take note of conflicts in their behaviors. Too often we see cancer patients elevate habits and life style issues above their therapies. Too often cancer can become a socially acceptable way to die when life gets difficult.
Discussion [on treatment tends to be ] around the
polarization that we live with: of “conventional” vs.
“alternative/natural.” Another way to view the panoply of choices is
to refuse to recognize this artificial, and manmade distinction and
simply ask, “Is there a way I can recover my health without
unreasonably further compromising my health in the process?” The
laws and the cultural conventions don’t make this approach easy. It
requires a person to take charge when maybe they’ve never taken
charge of anything in their lives. Unfortunately this treatment
option search is confounded by issues of insurance coverage, budget,
and quality of advice/information. Most intelligent people stumble a
few times and then find their way to natural, sensible, useful
strategies that are within their budget.
When a person is diagnosed with cancer there is nothing easier
to do than to punch up PubMed and find the prognosis for various
conventional treatments for their type, stage, and grade of
cancer. They need to then ask if this is desirable or
acceptable. They then need to look at the probable side effects of
the candidate treatment options — are these acceptable or
doable? If not, you would think that they would be compelled to do
almost anything that makes some sort of sense and is
affordable. There is not a week that goes by that I don’t see
someone fearfully but bravely march to a miserable and certain
demise. This is usually avoidable if they seriously weigh outcomes
and choose a logical and timely alternative recourse.