Posted: Nov 16, 2013 3:18 pm
by Agrippina
There was an article in our local newspaper yesterday about this topic, written by a retired oncologist. He said pretty much what Scot is saying.

I don't know. One of my sisters got breast cancer twice, in her 30s and has lived cancer-free for 40 more years. According to this doctor, it's in remission, not completely cured. Another sister had a small lump which almost went unnoticed, and when she found it, she got it seen to right away. She died 3 years later having gone through every treatment possible, including chemotherapy. By the time they did the mastectomy, the cancer had already spread to her bones. It was a melanoma on her back that she'd mostly ignored because, well, who really cares about a "beauty spot" on her back? That's what she said.

My mother got cervical cancer, had a hysterectomy and lived to 88. My grandmother got cervical cancer, didn't have any treatment and lived into her late 60s.

Would I have it treated? I don't know. I hope never have to make the decision.