The good intentions:
The study published in reputable The Lancet Oncology journal emphasised the importance of proper selection of cancer patients for chemotherapy treatment, especially patients who are old or have poor performance status.
The study also stressed on the importance of mortality review in order to improve clinical decision making (identifying patients who does not benefit or not suitable for chemotherapy treatment, eg. in terminal stage, active phase of dying. etc).
Unfortunately, the study was totally hijacked by irresponsible news outlet (above) to paint chemotherapy treatments in bad light.
These type of news will then be propagated/ shared by unscrupulous people for their own self interest. They will use it to discourage cancer patients from seeking actual treatment and to try out products that they are selling (supplements, herbal, etc).
It’s will be a great loss to patients if they are to believe the inaccurate portrayal and fear mongering by irresponsible people about chemotherapy treatment.
In the end, patients lose not only their money but their health deteriorates when cancer progressed into more advanced stage.
Chemotherapy treatments improving survival
Above are just few examples (there are many more) on how chemotherapy treatment helped to increase survival in early and advanced stage for various cancers.
Other than increasing survival, chemotherapy also prevent cancer from recurring, progressing and causes symptoms which may affect patient’s quality of life.
What is palliative chemotherapy for?
Palliative chemotherapy aims are to prolong survival AND to maintain quality of life (alleviation of symptoms/ postponing future symptoms of the disease).
Of course, there are times when patients with advanced/ late stage cancer, who want to give chemotherapy ‘a try’ because there is nothing to lose, even when they were not very fit/ borderline performance status (due to cancer)
Without chemotherapy, patients knew they will eventually succumb to cancer but if chemotherapy is successful, their symptoms will improve and they will had a chance to live longer.
Cancer kills cancer patients
Chemotherapy treats cancer patients; cure in early stage and control for advance/ late stage cancer.
Chemotherapy serious side effects, if not identified and treated, kills cancer patients.