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- One in 4 deaths in the United States is due to cancer.
- The estimated numbers of new cases of invasive cancer expected among men and women in the United States in 2012 is more than 1.6 million
- The expected numbers of deaths from cancer projected for 2012 is estimated at 577,190 corresponding to more than 1,500 deaths per day.
- The lifetime probability of being diagnosed with an invasive cancer in US is higher for men (45%) than for women (38%)
Now scroll down till you see "Efficacy"; cytotoxic chemotherapy produces much larger gains for some forms of cancer, including testicular cancer (about 40% of the men that live five years after diagnosis are alive because of chemotherapy), lymphomas (about 13%), and cervical cancer (12%). By contrast, chemotherapy is essentially useless in other cancers, including prostate cancer, melanoma of the skin, multiple myeloma, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and pancreatic cancer. People who receive chemotherapy for these conditions are just as likely to die within five years as people who do not. Chemotherapy only slightly improves survival for some of the most common forms of cancer, including breast cancers (1.5%) and lung cancers (1.5%).
It is not mentioned how the average was obtained but from what we can observe here, the best results are from treating testicular cancer i.e. 4 out of 10 people treated will live more than 5 years after treatment. The rest have dismal results; all below 20% i.e. less than 2 people out of 10 will live more than 5 years after treatment.
Chemotherapy is so toxic, there is special paragraph dedicated to occupational precautions needed to be taken by healthcare providers: "Healthcare workers exposed to anti-neoplastic agents take precautions to keep their exposure to a minimum."
If you are still thinking that chemotherapy is the way to go... you must be seriously brain washed by the oncologist that you are seeing.
Radiotherapy - Points to ponder:
While the therapy itself is painless, the side effects that comes after the treatment is not. Here you can see a summary of the side effects, please read the detailed explanations for yourself from Wikipedia.
Damage to the epithelial surfaces - Skin may break down
Mouth and throat sores - Swallowing may be affected. Painkillers required.
Intestinal discomfort - Soreness, diarrhoea and nausea
Swelling - Soft tissues in the body swell during treatment
Infertility - Female patients can no longer bear children
Late side effects occur months to years after treatment and are generally limited to the area that has been treated. They are often due to damage of blood vessels and connective tissue cells. Many late effects are reduced by fractionating treatment into smaller parts.
Fibrosis - The affected are becomes less elastic or hardens
Epilation - Hair loss and in some cases, permanently
Dryness - Dry eyes and dry mouth can be long term problems. Sweat glands stop functioning
Lymphedema - Fluid retention and tissue swelling
Cancer - The treatment itself may cause other cancers to develop
Heart disease - Excess risk of death from heart disease
Cognitive decline - Deficits in learning, memory and spatial information
Radiation proctitis - Bleeding and diarrhoea, tumors
Cumulative effects from this process should not be confused with long-term effects—when short-term effects have disappeared and long-term effects are subclinical, reirradiation can still be problematic.
During the first two weeks after fertilization, radiation therapy is lethal but not teratogenic. High doses of radiation during pregnancy induce anomalies, impaired growth and mental retardation, and there may be an increased risk of childhood leukaemia and other tumours in the offspring. In males previously having undergone radiotherapy, there appears to be no increase in genetic defects or congenital malformations in their children conceived after therapy. However, the use of assisted reproductive technologies and micromanipulation techniques might increase this risk.
There are rigorous procedures in place to minimise the risk of accidental overexposure of radiation therapy to patients. However, mistakes do occasionally occur; for example, the radiation therapy machine Therac-25 was responsible for at least six accidents between 1985 and 1987, where patients were given up to one hundred times the intended dose; two people were killed directly by the radiation overdoses. From 2005 to 2010, a hospital in Missouri overexposed 76 patients (most with brain cancer) during a five-year period because new radiation equipment had been set up incorrectly. Although medical errors are exceptionally rare, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other members of the radiation therapy treatment team are working to eliminate them. ASTRO has launched a safety initiative called Target Safely that, among other things, aims to record errors nationwide so that doctors can learn from each and every mistake and prevent them from happening. ASTRO also publishes a list of questions for patients to ask their doctors about radiation safety to ensure every treatment is as safe as possible.
We ALL know that radiation is dangerous and when exposed in large quantities it will spell only bad news. We read of nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and recently Fukushima, so widespread is the fear of nuclear fallout that we are willing to pack our bags and move our families at the slightest threat. Yes, it is a different type of radiation threat, but it is radiation none the less. So here we are, deliberately exposing ourselves to radiation to treat a deadly disease because we do not know better how else to treat it. So we blast our bodies with this radiation, IN HOPE that it will kill the rogue cells and not cause other complications in the process.
Comment from: mimi, 55-64 Female (Caregiver)
My sister was diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct in her liver in September of 2009. She went through extensive chemo and radiation and lost weight down to 92 pounds before she got a liver transplant in February. She was recovering and was sent home a week later. She lived until March 11 of this year. She died from a blood clot, but I don't understand why. I believe if the doctor had tested her when she first started going for headaches and other problems, she might have been saved. They were treating her for thyroid problems. She turned yellow, and her husband took her to the emergency room. That is when they found out she had tumors in her bile duct. Please get second opinions if you are not getting better. I wish things could have been different for her.
Comment from: cancer warrior, 45-54 Female (Patient)
I had just been blessed with a 2 1/2 year old baby boy in November 2005. The first year was really tough for me for he was a meth baby and could not sleep at night. The crying would go on for hours. I would hold and sing to him and one night I noticed that I was getting severe back pain and pain in my upper right rib cage. The following year, I found a mass in my right breast and suddenly, I got a strange feeling in my gut. For the next week, I would make up stories about the mass and finally had to come to conclusion this could be serious. In January 2007, I got a mammogram and within 10 days I got the letter and a phone call from my GYN. A second mammogram and ultrasound was performed, then another call for a needle biopsy. That's when I was diagnosed with "Abrasive lobor carcinoma." Within a week, I had a breast MRI, blood work, a port placed in my right side of my chest and my first chemo treatment. As I continue to receive chemo, every week, there were times I wanted to die. I lost my hair and my eyelashes, and my finger nails began to loosen and fall off. I had sores in my mouth and a metallic taste, which made it hard to eat or swallow. I would cry everyday when I looked at myself in the mirror and wondered if I was going to make it. Although, when I went in front of the public, I was smiling and continued to work. Attitude is very important and not to ask "Why me?" (although it is very normal to ask), but ask, "What can I do to beat this? " I was in stage 4, and the cancer had spread to my liver, spine, pelvis, and ribs. By the grace of God and a good Doctor, my life was spared. I had so many people praying for me. I saw God's face and who is really is. I was in remission or a year and a half. It now has come back for the third time, but I have peace and will fight this battle again.
Comment from: Texone, 45-54 Male (Patient)
I have had liver cancer (HCC) since 2002. I underwent a liver transplant in 2002 as well as a RFA pre-transplant. In 2009 I was having severe lower ab pain, had a PET scan and found out the cancer had spread to my colon, lungs, stomach and beyond. The tumor in by bowels was so large they couldn't cut it out so I had to have colon surgery. I have been on Hospice ever since. I am down from 230 lbs in Aug. to 122 lbs in Jan. I have never spoken of this since it happened. I know I am depressed but at 54 I guess I have the right to be. I do blame myself for some of this for not being more pro-active with my sickness. What I want to get across to anyone who will listen is don't just limp along and get your blood test and yearly checkups. Get involved, demand answers, and believe your body. You can feel when something is not right, listen to it, and pray. I wish now I had done all these things, but it is too late for me. These doctors work miracles every day but not without your help. Don't just sit around feeling sorry for yourself feed your doctors every bit of info you can, they can't do it without you. And find something to believe in, be it God or whatever you need, find something to believe in.
Comment from: wondering, 55-64 Female (Patient)
I am a Latina woman who was diagnosed with Scleroderma "CREST" in 1999. Since that time, I have had many different surgeries to remove calcinosis. I most recently had a surgery in November 2006 to remove a lump in my right groin (lymph node). It was diagnosed as a secondary squamous cell carcinoma with no site of origin. I keep getting CTs every six months, and still no site of origin. I remember that I had a painful lump on my right thigh, and my doctor said it was another calcinosis. He recommended that I massage it every day. I did, and it disappeared, and then the lump appeared in my groin about a week or two later.
Comment from: angeleyez2112, 35-44 Female (Caregiver)
My mother has liver/gallbladder cancer. We only found out because one morning she woke up yellow- went to the hospital and was told what it was. They put a stint between the liver and gallbladder for the bile. She doesn't even look like my mother anymore. She wasn't sick a day in her life. She exercises, walks, eats healthy and she's a vegetarian. Her face is sucked in, she looks 20 years older, and it's scary. She won't do chemo, but, will do radiation. The Dr. says there is no cure, nothing medically that can be done, he can only do radiation to "extend" her life. I'm trying to be strong for her, but the tumor already grew over the stint and it's only been 2 weeks.
Comment from: tger, 65-74 Male (Patient)
I underwent a radical mastectomy six years ago following discovery of an inverted nipple and a dimple on my left breast. No malignant cells were found in the 31 lymph nodes which were removed and biopsied. I went through a series of chemo treatments and medications were prescribed to prevent recurrence. After six years of use, my oncologist discontinued my medications, as there were no signs of cancer. Ten days later, I experienced severe abdominal and back pain. Four months of CAT scans, MRIs, GI tests, PET scans and a barrage of procedures were all negative. I was told by two doctors that there was absolutely no cancer in my body. After I sought treatment in an emergency room for pain and a high fever, a physician ordered yet another CAT scan and discovered massive Stage IV metastatic bone cancer.
Comment from: Lisa, 65-74 Female (Caregiver)
My mother just passed away from cancer. She has had cancer for the past 20 years off an on. She had had breast cancer, leukemia, colon cancer, kidney cancer, and the last one was liver cancer.
Comment from: Sniffles1014, 55-64 Female (Patient)
I am a 62 year. old female and 2 years ago I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which has spread to my liver. At this time I am not taking any chemo. I've done 1 1/2 years of that. I have a fair appetite and at times have pain at the left side of my stomach. I also have Crohns disease so I don't know if the pain in my bowel comes from the cancer or the Crohns, I take pain meds for that when needed. As a result of the pancreatic cancer I have diabetes which seems harder to fight then the cancer. At this time I am doing quite well, am active and have a good amount of energy. Praise be to our Lord and Savior for I am looking for healing. At this stage of the game my doctor is figuring out which avenue to go with chemo. There aren't that many when it comes to this kind of cancer. My faith is strong and I know my Lord will see me through. I'm just so very grateful for the time he has and is giving me on this earth to share with my children and grandchildren.
Comment from: Pejo, 65-74 Male (Patient)
Two years ago I was diagnosed to have sarcoma of the knee. The grapefruit size tumor was excised successfully, but I was left with ongoing nerve pain. I am receiving opiates to relieve the pain but only minimally. This year the sarcoma tumor metastasized into my lung. The surgeon removed three malignant tumors. He said there is nothing more he can do. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments are not an option for my situation. As the disease progresses I will be treated for pain as I am for the nerve pain in my leg. It is not a hopeful situation.
Comment from: 65-74 Male (Caregiver)
My brother was diagnosed with stage four prostrate cancer two years ago. The cancer has spread to his bones, back and ribs. What is the general prognosis? He did receive radiation on the prostrate (gland was not removed at time of initial surgery) and under went 18 months of hormone treatment. The new cancer area was diagnosed within the past 6 weeks.
Comment from: pharoah, 45-54 Male (Patient)
Please help me before it is too late. Everyone thinks that only ladies can get breast cancer, but men can also get it. There is an 18% breast cancer rate in men and it is going up. I waited five months before I went to my doctor. It was a shame because I waited too long I had to have everything cut out.
(Breast, Nose & throat cancer)
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Chemotherapy, averaged out among ALL cancer types, has a success rate of 2.1% - 3% for the cancer sufferer to survive longer than 5 years. Imagine going to a casino and playing this game for RM2500 per bet (avg. cost of chemotherapy per treatment). This is equivalent to taking a 100 sided dice and you have to roll 1-3 for a win. Would you even consider playing this game of chance? The worst part about playing this game of chance is the side effects of the treatment. The most common are hair loss, nausea, a metallic taste in the mouth, fatigue, a dangerously weak immune system and chemo-related anaemia. There are also very severe side effects such as cardio-toxicity which is heart damage as seen in weaker hearts. Hepatotoxicity is liver damage because the drugs run through to the liver and there is also kidney damage and ear damage which is caused by withdrawal from the chemotherapy drugs. The treatment is so toxic that it is not uncommon for the patient to perish from the treatment itself rather than from the cancer.