I've recently been diagnosed with Pleural Mesothelioma of the left lung.
From research i have done this seems to be a fatal situation. My question is ...if there is nothing they can do for you, why go through the trama of chemotherapy and it side effects, if it is not going to help. Is it not a better alternative than to just live out your live until the end and not go tthough all that drama.
I'm so sorry about your diagnosis. That's a really rough one. I think the answer to your question - if there is nothing they can do for you, why go through the trauma of chemotherapy and it side effects, if it is not going to help - is a tough one.
What are the specialists telling you? Are there any advancements in the treatment of Mesothelioma that are currently available to you? I'd make sure to really get expert advice as to what your treatment options are. If they are not good and you don't believe it is worth going through chemotherapy, surgery or radiation, then that's a decision only you can make. It must be a frightening position to be in and a very hard decision to make.
I hope you find the answer you are looking for. I wish you every success on your journey.
Thank you for repling to my post. I take strength from it. I am still being diagnosed and tested, which may give me further answers.
I would also , were possible, want to hear from others, with the same condition, what they have experienced and thier thoughts.
I think it all depends on how you look at things, Eagle. We go through life keeping ourselves alive, by whatever means necessary. When you think about it, anyone could just stop looking after their health at any time and they will quickly pass away as a result.
Life just seems to be something that we hang onto for as long as we can. I guess it's just a survival thing that we inherit from the outset. It' something that is in our genes.
For my part, I'm 59 and I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer a month ago. This thing has done a lot of damage, including having wrapped itself around some major arteries and three lymph nodes. I know it's nasty, but I've just started the whole chemo thing as well.
For my part, I've started seeing things differently than before. Things that bothered me, don't anymore. I'm quickly finding out who my true loved ones are, and that includes family as well as friends. I'm constantly re-evaluating what this thing is that we call life.
There are some positives to be found, and when you think about it, any one of us could jump off a cliff to a certain death at anytime, particularly if we know that death may be coming soon anyway.
But we don't. We hang on. We do whatever it takes to survive. And in that period of time, we can make a difference to others around us in such a positive way. Especially to those that we love and who love us in return. That's what I'm doing, anyway. And it feels good.
Just a thought - the majority of us don't really value life at its early stage. We only give importance to it when we age, when we are physically affected by our lifestyle, when we realized how much we have missed in making a quality life to live...
Sorry to hear about you having cancer .
There is nothing wrong with researching online and finding out as much information we can.
My wife's ex husband found out he had lung cancer many years ago.
He researched. Asked questions about it with his doctor. Against his doctor advised he only had a partial lung removed.
He when through treatment and is living a active life and working.
If I was 70 plus years old and in poor health i would ask if treatment is worth it.
I'm waiting to hear back about what I have.
One more test next week and we should know.
I do know I have a family that loves me.
In good health or poor they are what makes look forward to the next day
One day at a time
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