I read this article a few weeks ago on the other option in a medical diagnosis, what if you didn't treat? I mean seriously just skip the treatment options? With a cancer diagnosis, they give you a list of treatment recommendations, but never say just don't treat.
But if you read the article, you will learn most doctors have DNRs and do not want to live if given an incurable diagnosis. I am leaning more to this side than ever.
I am on medications to treat the side effects of my medications. I am still coping with long term side effects of numerous surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation.What if I skipped the treatments? I ponder this one and need to remind myself at doctor appointments to ask 'what if I chose not to treat?'. A doctor 'recommends' and 'suggests' but never 'requires'.
I mean if I am in extreme pain or coping with an infection, I am sure I will opt to treat. But sometimes I need to ask, what if I didn't treat? I am not one to run to the doctor for a sniffle and am concerned with adding more drugs to my daily intake. Every time I add one, I need to check for allergies and interactions.
If I had another cancer diagnosis, I think I would have a very serious discussion about treatment side effects, adverse effects, and long term effects. Quality of life vs longevity is a very important discussion.