If you have cancer and you have tried many treatments without success, it can be very difficult to know when to stop treatment. Sometimes, despite the best care, cancer continues to spread. Although the situation is difficult to accept, the best thing to do at this point would be to discontinue treatment against cancer. You should, instead, ask to receive care that ensure your comfort and pain relief.
This article tells you when you should stop the treatment and focus on end-of-life care. You can use this information to talk to your doctor about your options in order to choose the best care for you.
The first treatment against cancer is often the most effective.
When treating a tumor for the first time, it is hoped that the treatment to destroy cancer cells and prevents them from returning. If the tumor continues to grow despite treatment, it is less likely to act.
This is especially true for solid tumor cancers, such as breast cancer, colon and lung, and Kaposi like. Physicians are well aware of how these cancers grow or diminish over time; they know how they respond to treatment. They found that the sequence of treatments generally offer minimal benefit, if any.
When should you consider stopping treatment against cancer?
If you have already received three different treatments and your cancer has grown or spread it usually another treatment will not help you feel better and will not increase your chances of living longer. Instead, additional treatment may cause serious side effects that could shorten your life and lower the quality of the time you have left.
However, many people with advanced cancer continue chemotherapy treatments, even if they have, so to speak, no chance to help them. These people are well exposed to unnecessary suffering.
How do I know it’s time to stop treatment?
It is not easy for the patient, caregivers and the doctor to talk about stopping treatment against cancer and focus on end-of-life care. Your doctor may mention it, but sometimes you have to start the discussion. Your doctor should give you clear answers to the questions you ask him.
You must understand how your cancer is advanced. Ask your doctor what is the stage of your cancer and how far it has spread. Learn about your prognosis or the time you have left to live. No one can say precisely, but your doctor should generally be able to give you an idea of your life expectancy in months or years.
You must know whether continued treatment against your cancer will help you live longer. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. The fight against cancer is perhaps more the best thing to do for you.
If there is no known cure and want to continue with other options, you may are eligible for a clinical trial. Clinical trials offer new experimental treatments.
At any time during your treatment, you can get relief from your symptoms and improve your quality of life. This is called palliative care. These treatments are often significant during treatment against cancer. If you decide to stop your treatment against cancer, it is time to pay more attention to palliative care.
Palliative care improves the quality of life.
They represent an additional level of support to help you and your family to live with cancer. Palliative care does not treat cancer, but they help to relieve pain and other symptoms. They help you and your family make the most of the time you have together.
Palliative care provides access to support, be it physical, emotional or spiritual. You can help to relieve pain, fatigue, anxiety, shortness of breath, nausea and depression. In some cases, the physician may provide palliative care. Sometimes a team that specializes in palliative care can work with you and your doctor to provide you with the care and the specific services you need. For example, palliative radiotherapy may be appropriate, although a non-active treatment approach was adopted to treat symptoms such as pain. Check with your oncologist or your palliative care team to see if there is an option for you.
Your doctor is there to answer your questions.
Tell your doctor about what additional information you need about your cancer and when you are ready to talk about end of life care.
Questions to ask your doctor:
How much time does it for me to live if I receive other treatments?
What happens if I do not receive other treatments?
For what purpose should I receive other treatments?
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What is the best way to manage my symptoms and side effects?
What can I do to improve my quality of life?
Would it be better that I encounter specialist palliative care?