I've shared before my husbands story. He is stage 4 (with mets to lungs
and lymph nodes and one main liver tumor). He was diagnosed in March
of this year.
We want QUALITY of life as well as much QUANTITY we can get while still
having QUALITY....does that make sense?
He is 44 years young with 4 kids. We figured we had nothing to loose-
either the chemo would work or it wouldn't.
We feel so lucky that chemo DID work in my husbands case. We are
8 months into Gem/Cis and have had NO NO NO bad side effects so
far....other than very tired the day or two after chemo. NO nausea,
no hair loss, nothing "bad" at all. AT ALL. I know this is not the case
with everyone, but this is our case.
So for US? It was worth it...he has had 8 more GOOD GOOD GOOD
months with me and 4 kids. He has enjoyed life, worked, vacationed, etc.
I would not trade that time for ANYTHING.
If it had not worked (chemo) at least we would have tried.
I think if you choose to try it and have bad results you can ALSO
choose to quit chemo, there is no right or wrong answer.
You could have fabulous results and buy yourself some good years
of life. So for me, the answer would be at least give it a shot.
(I KNOW IT'S NOT MY ANSWER TO GIVE THOUGH!!)
You can also choose to not do chemo--it's a very personal decision.
For me and my house? We are glad we tried, we are glad we have
bought time, we are glad he has had WAY more great days than
bad days and we are glad he's still here.
This can (and with this cancer WILL) change at any point in time--
but there is no price I could put on having Kyle here with us
here and now.
Best wishes with your decision....You will make the right one for YOU.