Thursday, March 29, 2012

Understanding Cancer Treatment Options

Understanding Chemotherapy: Choosing Your Cancer Weapons

Chemotherapy is, for some, scarier than the thought of cancer.  While the cancer grew slowly in your body, and sometimes has no symptoms, we are all painfully aware of the side effects of chemotherapy: loss of color in the skin, hair loss, memory loss, fatigue, nausea...

Taking chemotherapy to fight cancer, is like asking your weakened body to fight two enemies at the same time.  We are prepared to fight cancer, but our body is also fighting the chemotherapy - to the point where we want to reject it - we don't want it, and we fight with ourselves just to get in for our treatment.

That's not the feeling we want to have for something that is there to 'cure' us.  It's a far cry from the idea of healing, nurturing, restoring our health.

So, although chemotherapy has become a standard treatment for cancer, it is not a decision to be taken lightly.  Like everything else, it is ONE weapon against cancer.

As you prepare for battle, choose your weapons wisely.  If you feel that your treatment will do more harm than good, then meet with as many doctors as you can to get a number of opinions.

As of now, our cancer treatment is still our choice.  It's a difficult battle - educate yourself - know your options - make sure you are fighting in the way that works best for YOU.

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