Sadly, one of my 'chemo buddies' gave up on the chemo because it was so debilitating. She is 47, has four children - all have Asperger's syndrome to some degree. She said she did not want her children's lasting memory of Mom to be of her lying in bed, or being on or over the toilet. Can't say I blamed her, the FOLFIRI really beat her up. The next line of treatment was said to be even worse with stronger side effects.
She saw a TV show about cannabis oil and how it kept an ALS patient alive and relatively well, and that it was 'proven' to cure cancer. That was all she needed. She researched and found a Canadian company that would sell her a one month supply of cannabis oil for.....$1200 a month! And she bought it. I did a quick internet search on the company she is using and all I read were negative comments. I told her and sent her the links, but she ignored them. I guess she is grasping for anything at this point. I haven't heard from her in a while, and of course I wish her well and that this is her miracle cure. But to me, it sounds like someone taking advantage of a desperate person.
Do I believe that Big Pharma is taking advantage of us as well? Probably. Do I believe that some (not all!) physicians do not have the patients best interest in heart? Absolutely, I've been in medicine for far too long to believe otherwise. But I have faith in the science and research behind the treatments available, and sometimes faith is the best thing we have.