Chemotherapy - Take it or not?

@rhan04 (309)
Philippines
October 23, 2009 3:44pm CST
Chemotherapy is a mixture of different drugs use for Cancer treatment. Its action is to kill rapidly growing cells which is a characteristic of cancer cells. Unfortunately, there are also good cells who has the same characteristics and is therefore also killed by the chemo drugs. This is why patients receiving this drug experience alopecia (loss of hair) and become immuno-suppressive. The only positive side that I can see in using chemotherapy is that it will help you prolong your life but it won't cure you. And the other effects are negative for me. If you are the cancer patient or a family, will you encourage taking chemotherapy?
3 responses
@daffy6 (102)
• Malaysia
24 Oct 09
Chemotherapy is the only proven method of killing rapid growing cancer cells but I think there are a lot of people who dont go for this method. Some go for an alternate method such as diet, grape therapy, vitamin 17 and etc. A lot of side effects when one go for chemotherapy but I think that is the only choice we have. Some people might only get some mild side effects. It depends on one person's body system of reacting.
• Latvia
24 Oct 09
my grandma did this chemotherapy... she is okay... but it is really a bad thing... but it can save your life....
@rhan04 (309)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
It can save your life from cancer...but it can't save you from other diseases. When you take chemotherapy, you become immuno-suppressive, making your immune system weak. You become vulnerable to almost all kinds of contagious diseases. That's why chemo patients had to be kept in a clean environment as much as possible and away from people who are sick for their protection.
@soulist (2986)
• United States
27 Dec 11
I went through chemotherapy when I was diagnose with cancer. yes I lost my hair, yes I slept for days, yes my food tasted like metal. yes it is poison going into your body. Can it save your life. most definitely. Yes it does kill good and bad cells within your body. I got shots on a weekly basis to help my body reproduce the good cells that got killed. I am sitting here today saying you are wrong about cancer not curing cancer. yes there are some cancers that do not respond to chemotherapy and there are some that do. Mine did. The chemotherapy killed the cancerous cells in 5 tumors in my lymph system including on that was 5x2 inches big close to my heart. Chemo does save.