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 Do you think we will ever be able to FIND A CURE TO CANCER?

 Have you noticed that a few hours prior to death, the patient will suddenly experience an improvement?
and then, after about 12-24 hours deceases?
What could be the cause?

I have witnessed this in neonates, adults, and even animals.
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Can I refuse cancer treatment and let it run its course with painkillers from my GP.?
My mother had cancer and although surgery extended her life her quality of life was poor.

You have the ultimate say for yourself!

Van der Elst
Hi Francis, My cousin has just decided that after 18 months, she wants no more chemotherapy for her bowel cancer. She has had enough. good luck and all the very best to you.

yes you can make your own decision and your GP will support you but speak to your consultant as there is patches for pain and syringe drivers for pain pi cc and hi cc lines take care

In most countries once your 16 years or older and sound of mind you can refuse nearly all medical treatment.

I would research it with you own doctor before making any decisions.

Hope you make the right informed choice for yourself and good luck with whatever you choose.

It depends on what type of cancer it is you know some have very high success rates and some don't talk it through with your doc.

David M
The truthful answer is yes but I would take specialist advice before doing so.

will of Bath
You can- but I'd advise after seeing my mum, her parents, my wife's cousin (age 32) all die of cancer- treatment is far better to at least prolong what life is left. All of them deteriorated quite rapidly- and though they did indeed suffer- none seemed interested in ceasing treatment.

yes you can xx

Yes you can refuse treatment, however nobody will ever leave you alone, you'll be constantly bombarded by doctors and family trying to get you to change your mind, or they could just declare you incompetent and take over your medical decisions, in which case, I Myself would just commit suicide if it was that bad, Imo nobody except you has the right to dictate if you live or die when it comes to cancer, your life will never be the same and you'll be suffering for the rest of your days.

huw 4x4
yes, good luck x

Yes. No one is forced to undergo treatment for cancer. However, you should make sure that you understand that not all cancer is like your mothers. Everyone is totally different. There are over 200 different types of cancer, some are slow growing cancers, some are easily treatable. All cancers in the early stage can be treated . . many times cured . . so the patient is in permanent remission. Would you really want to have a stage 1 breast cancer and just let it run its natural course . . and die of cancer when there was a treatment available that gave you a chance to lead a normal life?

Research is constantly changing in the cancer field . . what happened to your mother may never happen to you at all.

Whatever your decision though . . do so with a clear conscience. Make your choice after you know all your facts and know what is on the horizon in cancer research for the type of cancer you are dealing with. Have no regrets.

NEW lady
Is it incurable? My dad recently had his second op and chemo and has just had the all clear... for now. It is up to you, but as the others have said treatment is improving all the time. Speak to your oncologist.

Jamie J
Last time I checked it's still your body, your choice. As far as the painkillers go, I don't know if that would be defined as some form of "treatment" but I'd think not. Never hurts to check.

domme me
UK answer...
if this is a theoretical question, the quick answer is Yes.

If this is a question prompted by an existing condition, you should discuss this with your doctor, or a consultant oncologist. they can tell you about the pros and cons.. the long term effects of the type of cancer that you have.. your quality of life and how long it will be before it kills you.

they can also explain the side effects of chemo and surgery.

there are many different types of cancer.

I am assuming you are an adult. If so, you have the final say in your treatment even though some doctors will try to convince you otherwise. If someone administers treatment to a person who is in possession of their mental faculties without consent, it is in fact a criminal assault. If you want to refuse treatment and opt for pain management only it is your right. As long as
you can find a doctor to prescribe adequate painkillers, you are entitled to live out your life the way you want to.

Yes you have a right to refuse medical treatment...you will be considered AMA meaning against medical advice. It is your life please think long and hard of the decision you are making. I feel for your situation and wish you the best.

You need to discuss this with your oncologist.

Yes you can refuse any treatment you do not want. The powers that be will make it hard on you but you have the ultimate choice. Do what my brother did. He was under so much pressure he told them he would consent only if all treatment from this day foreword was free. He brought in a contract and asked them to sign or never bother him again.

of course you can its your choice

Yes you have that right.

Is this a hypothetical situation or do you have cancer? If so is it in its final stages?

I can foresee a time when I might decide it was preferable not to have any more treatment, if it was going to extend my life for a while but the quality of life for that short time would be poor.

But I'm VERY glad I had chemo and radiotherapy for my stage three grade three cancer. Four years after diagnosis I am fit and well, and though there are aspects that make my quality of life a little worse - I have lymphoedema as a result of surgery, for example, and this limits my use of my right arm - I am bloody glad to be alive and my quality of life is pretty good.

I was reluctant to have chemo, but i believe it has extended my life, and may well have saved it.

Think carefully before refusing treatment if you are newly diagnosed and have not been told your cancer is terminal.

Francis7, You may not have realised it, but we live in a "free" world. Ours is the choice whether we take prescribed medication or not. We are allowed to make our own choice on most things. Some choices are removed from us - for example, if we suffer from a terminal illness that is too uncomfortable, we are not allowed to end our own life, or have someone do it for us at our behest - unless, of course, we live in Switzerland. So your question is answered easily by a simple

Hope this helps
matador 89

book worm
Yes, you are perfectly entitled to refuse cancer treatment, but please consider the pros and cons first of all. More people live following cancer treatment than die from the disease. Of course it depends very much upon the type of cancer and how early it is discovered. My thoughts are very much with you.

You have every right to refuse treatment , but you should do this in consultation with the consultant and your GP
Perhaps your cancer will be more likely to respond to treatment and you should not just ignore it completely
In the end it can be your decision and I wish you luck whatever you decide
I did see my mother suffer pain and indignity after Chemo , and that has certainly clouded my feelings about allowing treatment or not

Have you been told it's incurable?

Have you gotten a second or third opinion?

as long as you understand the implications and the doctor is happy that you do then yes. some cancers are more easily treated than others and treatment has come a long way. just because your mother lost her battle with cancer despite treatment doesn't mean you will. look carefully at your options and the rates of recovery. talk to a macmillian nurse. look at kylie, she's through breast cancer which used to kill most women. cancer isn't necessarily a death sentance these days. i don't know what stage of cancer you have or whether it has spread but most cancers caught early can be treated and cured. good luck

Allen B
If you are over 18 you are perfectly entitled to do that, but please give it some more thought, cancer treatment improves year after year but the final decision on your treatment is ultimately yours.

Chris P
You are within your rights to refuse cancer treatment, it is down to personal choice at the end of the day but you should really discuss it with your family first.

Nicole B
Yes, you have the right to refuse treatment. The doctors and nurses will try very hard to get you to change your mind, though.

Yes you can refuse - nobody has the right to force chemo and stuff on you. I have lost many of my family to cancer and I also feel that if my time comes - depending on what cancer it was - it's possible that I also wouldn't put myself through chemo xxxx

You surely can. As long as you're still competent to make a decision, your medical treatment or the absence of it is up to you.

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