Our expert says:
This is one of those difficult decisions that the patient himself must make - no one can decide for another person if it is worth the cost or side effects. Some people will spend a lot of money and cope with bad side effects to win 6 months of longer life, others feel that the quality of life is more important and they would rather live a shorter life but with less side effects. I think you should sit down with the oncologist, determine how much time he will win with chemotherapy (is it going to heal him or just reduce symptoms), what effects will it have on his shortness of breath, will it reduce his quality of life, can he afford the suggested treatment? Only if he has all the facts, can he make an informed decision on how he would like to be treated.
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