Jul 07, 2001 - 12:38 pm
I have a very difficult decision to make. My internist and my oncologist have both told me that chemo is not really needed. (I have a stage 1 with no node involvment.) I am currently receiving radiation. The oncologist said that I have an 80% chance of no recurrance. That also translates into a 1 in 5 chance that the cancer will recur. Does it not make sense to fight this with every possible weapon? Both of my doctors have also said that I have a good reason to have chemo for my "emotional" well-being. I have read so many of your notes on chemo and have a clear picture that nausea and hair loss is not the only side effect to worry about. However, I don't want to wake up down the road and have some medical person tell me that it was too bad I didn't opt for chemo in the beginning. I know that I am scared of making the wrong choice. I don't know if I'm looking for permission...and if I am, from whom? My family is very supportive of me choosing either way. I would appreciate any thoughts on this. Thank you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.