A discuss about the decision for terminal cancer patients

In July this year, My granduncle died because of the kidney cancer after six years of combating it. Although my uncle tried every suggested treatment, my granduncle could not survive after the second renal dialysis because the side-effect of the therapy brings more harm to him than the effectiveness. At that time, I saw a news from New York Times that a new kind of therapy, Immunotherapy, offers cancer patients new hope. However, the patients in the news till died after receiving the immunotherapy. Both my granduncle and patient in the news suffered from the treatment and died in pain, which made me think is it the right choice to prolong terminal cancer patient's life when they are suffering from it and the chance of recovering is faint.


Some people assume it is selfish to give up cancer patients because someone give up their children or parent's life because of money since they cannot afford the pressure of their family member’s death. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3306850/Heartbroken-Romanian-parents-body-nine-year-old-son-committing-suicide-little-boy-lost-cancer-battle.html.

I think people should give up terminal cancer patients.

  1. sometimes the side effect of the therapy does more harm to the patients than the effectiveness. http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/chemo-kills-up-to-50-percent-of-patients-in-some-hospitals/


2. Some may assume that if we give up curing the terminal cancer patients, it is a invasion of their human rights that everybody deserves to be alive. People can think or feel when they alive, if they die everything is meaningless, so people should try their best to keep living

However, I think the give up of aggressive treatment actually qualified their life, which make them feel alive.

Define alive- what is living?(http://www.npr.org/sections/mycancer/2006/09/a_victory_over_fear.html)

The purpose of the treatment is to keep patients living, but can this kind of living being counted as alive? — example of my own granduncle suffering.

Another example- my grandmother’s mother lying on the bed without conscious, but have to receive treatment everyday for 5years. The cost is huge and patient suffering. This is not living this is just heart beating.

3. Some think that if people give up on terminal cancer patients, they may receive a negative hint, which may lower their rate of surviving(http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0302/074_cancer_miracles.html) and lower their quality of last life.(http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2075133_2075127_2075099,00.html)

The chance that terminal cancer patients recover is faint, we shouldn’t count on this as a rational grown-up. Actually, the refuse of aggressive treatments qualified patients life. There are alternative medical treatment like comfort treatment which prolong patients life at a certain stage but do nothing to cure the cancer.(http://www.dana-farber.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/Study-shows-more-hospital-deaths-and-invasive-care-for-dying-cancer-patients-who-receive-chemotherapy.aspx)

This gives time for patients spend time with their families and think thoroughly about their affaires. They can use all their energy to their families without thinking about fighting against cancer, which will make them really rest in peace.

Also, this reduces the pressure of their family members because this gives them more time to prepare for his death. They will suffer less from the pain of losing the patients. Not suffer from the pain. Letting go is a release for them too. Also, the cost of aggressive treatment. Although it is cold to say, but it is a waste of money when you know he is pin to death but still spent millions to prolong his life.

Warehouse help family members to take care of the patients and remind them to think what is the most important things in one’s life and what the patients want to do but haven’t done yet.(https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2014/12/12/warehouses-for-the-dying-are-we-prolonging-life-or-prolonging-death/)



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