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 I smoke 60 cigs a day will i be ok?
I started when i was 13 getting people to buy them for me smoking 5 a day gradually i have increased to 50-60 a day i smoke one every like 10 mins and wear patches at night so i can sleep so i can ...

 i laugh at lung cancer, i smoked now fer the past 6 years, nothing happened yet, im not going to get?
lung cancer, and by the way im 19...

 I can sue the company I worked for if I found out that I was using chemicals known to cause cancer?
I have been working with a certain product that goes on wood for months and finally quit because I found out the stuff we use is known to the state of California to cause cancer. No one ever told me ...

 What do i do im 17 with cancer?
im 17 years old and ive just been told i have cancer(there is nothing the can do im to far along). I don't want to tell anybody because i don't what them to treat me differently.


 Can Cancer go away or is it there permanently?
If so, How exactly? Does it usually go away with treatment? Do most people die from it or do more survive?...

 i smoke 4 cigaretts a day is it good or bad?????????
im 18 years old and i recently started smoking. i smoke about 3-4 cigaretts a day or sometimes 2 or sometimes no cigaretts at all. so is it gonna harm me or no???????? is it gonna affect my height or ...

 Why are most of us afraid of cancer?

 what do you guys think about smokers?
my sister smokes and my dad does to i think it's ...

 what do people with cancer do to pass the time while they are having chemotherapy?

 What does cancer mean to you..... in one word?
What does cancer mean to you....... in one word?...

 My Mom has primary liver cancer, probably inoperable, any advice?

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 what causes cancer? does eating meat?
I am trying to be more aware of cancer and how to protect my children from the disease. Does anyone know what is linked to cancer? Would it help if my children and I became vegetarians? Is meat part ...

 If girls aged 12-13 were to get the cervical cancer vaccine, what would the effects be on the future?

 my friend lied about having terminal cancer?
one of my best friends in the whole world told me she had terminal cancer about nine months ago. i was absolutely devastated and wanted to help her as much as i could. i was there when she was crying ...

 Hi. I've been diagnosed with leukemia, I'm really really really scared. I need word of advice Anybody?
Thanks for your help....

 Why would a Christian pastor get cancer if he's done nothing but good things most of his life?
a pastor that i know has really bad cancer and its taking over his body. He's been nothing but good to everyone he knows. I've heard this question so many times but now it actually means ...

 if you had a cigarette and didn't have a light for it in the house what would or could you use ?

 Can you live if your appendix bursts? ?
Can you live after your appendix bursts and not even know it? Well have stomach pains a lot of the time, but live? Possibly the puss escapes through your belly button???
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 Should taxes be raised on vegetables?
Smokers pay extra taxes to fund any extra treatment they might require on the NHS.
Surely vegetarians should be treated in the same manner?...

 Do you feel sorry for Jade Goody now that she has cancer?

Anne Teak
Would you take chemotherapy to try to keep cancer from returning?
If all the cancer was removed but the doctor said your chances of it returning at some point were 40% or higher, and all the treatments were experimental, would you take chemo, knowing it would probably have horrible side effects?

Jessica S
No. The side effects are sometimes worse than the cancer itself, besides it might not even come back.

Find out what the side effects are first, before you assume that they are "horrible"

serendipity 2
I honestly don't know. I would probably call Cancer Treatment Centers Of America and be seen there. I would get as much information and opinions as I could so I could make an informed and intelligent decision. It wouldn't be an easy decision.

Check out 'Getting Well Again' by Drs. Stephanie and O. Carl Simonton.

NEVER...I woiuld never take it the first place!

Da Bomb
Probably - it depends on what cancer it is & how advanced it is. Don't forget that there is a 60% chance that it won't come back!!!

I believe someone with the strong will to live, would and should try "almost" anything to survive or at least improve their chances....of surviving.
I have a friend right now , who was diagnosed a few weeks ago with Leukemia (cancer of the blood) , and has just finished her first treatment of chemotherapy. She feels better, so far which gives us all.... , at the very least...high hopes.

It depends on if the chemo would substantially reduce the odds of it returning. If so, then yes, I'd probably take it.

I think I would have to get another opinion from a different facility. Chemo has come a long way since my Mom died of Cancer but I still think it was the Chemo that killed her and not the disease. Try talking to cancer centers of America and look at all the options available before you decide to let them inject poison into ya and if you have to you have to but at least it will be an informed decision.

Good Luck and don't waste any time getting it done. life is way too short as it is!!

At this point in my life, I have an eight year old daughter and I would definitely do everything possible. If I had grown kids and an eight year old granddaughter, I might value quality over quantity in that case.


It would depend on the side effects,if they were temporary or permanent and how good the odds were of the treatment permanently curring me.

Absolutely I would.
My mom was 75 years old when she had to have a breast removed. She went through several weeks of chemo. Yes, it had some bad side effects, mainly nausea, but she is a 7 year survivor.
And I swear She has more energy than I do sometimes !
We were just talking about that today. I told her I think that it had the opposite effect on her than it has on so many people. But, she is a very strong woman . and in great health !

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I have something of a love of life, even though it doesn't show very well. If this is the best chance of survival, I would go through with it. In my view, everything is suffering of some kind. I tend to prefer the kind that keeps me around longer.

please provide details abouttype of cancer, stage of cancer, patients age and i will let you know

Been there. Done that. I took the chemo. Living in fear of it returning [mine came out of the blue the first time] can really be nerve-racking. Do what's best for YOU [or the patient if it isn't you]. Best wishes.

You didnt say what kind of cancer.All cancers dont respond to chemo.Ask your Oncologist what the five year survival rate is and consider the course taken by the patients that survived the cancer that you are concerned about!!!

I think I would try anything that would seem like it would work... but with chemo.. you might want to see why they are wanting to try it on you... if they have all the cancer but want to make sure that they kill any residual then yes I would do it... but ask several doctors.. do not trust what others say on a space like this.. People could be wrong.. I could be wrong... no one knows your medical history... I would for sure ask a second and even a third medical doctor in that field who can more tailor your specific needs.. Good Luck to You :)

I am doing it right now. All my cancer was removed. My chance was 25 % over 10 years for it to come back . With Chemo , Radiation and Meds it drops down to 5%. That was worth the short term side affects. I am half way through Chemo and it really isn't all that bad. There are so many meds available to help with the side affects.

First, everyone is different so it is difficult to predict the outcome, despite the odds/statistics. Second, how old is the patient? Third, just what do "horrible results" mean? Nowdays, nausea can be lessened or even eliminated with meds and other listed side effects do not happen to every patient. I would definitely do the chemo! I have done so two separate times-6 treatments-more of a mop-up-when I had breast cancer 16 years ago-obviously successful and not so bad, and recently from April 05 to Sept 05 for ovarian cancer. My latest scans are negative, my CA125 -0!!!!. Contact me if you want more info but my feelings are-GO FOR IT!!

Absolutely. If, of course, there was some evidence that it would reduce the chance of metastasis.

The side effects of some chemotherapy drugs are quite unpleasant, but other drugs have side effects which aren't all that big a deal. And each person reacts to each drug in their own way. (And even the same person might react differently at different times.)

I can imagine at some point choosing to stop therapy. But I honestly believe that the side effects of chemo are misunderstood by many people. I had a son who went through a year of intensive chemo when he was 5, and I'd say the side effects hardly bothered him at all. I had a pretty heavy dose-dense treatment regimen recently, and again, it just wasn't as terrible as I'd been led to believe it would be.

It's also important to remember that those numbers, like "40% chance of recurrence," have nothing to do with what will happen to an individual. They refer to what will happen to groups only, and an individual's risk of recurrence or reaction to treatment cannot be determined by statistics.

So, yes, I'd continue blasting the cancer as long as I felt that the benefits of doing so outweighed any problems it caused.

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