Oct 02, 2008 - 7:55 pm
My aunt was diagnosed with lymphoma of the brain. THey removed as much of the tumor as they could. She is still recovering from the surgery. She was on the brain injury ward, then to the acute rehab ward and now off to the oncology ward. My question is this. All she knows is that she has brain cancer and that she needs to go for radiation and chemo treatments. (She has already survived cancer twice through radiation.) She was okay with the news and was optomistic but she doesn't know the extent of the prognosis. My mother and my cousin have kept her in the loop with everything except life expectancy. What is the right thing to do? Have her go through the treatment with the hopes of extending her life as much as possible? Maybe there will be a new drug or treatment that will come out in the next year. Or do we tell her and let her decide whether or not she even wants the treatment? Obviously she has a right to know but will this news discourage her and make her lose her will to live?