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Unclecracker posted:
My mother has stage 4 melanoma, was diagnosed in stage 3 when she was 73ish. She has been through experimental vaccines, chemotherapy, experimental adjuncts to chemo therapy, additional chemo therapy, experimental drugs & radiation treatment on her lungs and brain. This has taken quite a toll on her as you can imagine, and now her health sucks due entirely to the chemo therapy (brings to my mind the Hippocratic oath — first, do no harm)
Is it worth it, for a 75 year old women to endure chemo therapy with stage 4 melanoma?? My understanding is the probability of the therapy working is about 12%.
These treatments have cost nearly a $1M without any success.
It seems my mother is a science project more / customer more than a patient
I'm starting to question the ethics the treating physician.

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