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Old 05-08-2011, 11:56 PM   #21
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The situation described by the OP is not hypothetical but real, and is exactly the choice faced by my Dad. After successfully holding at bay an aggressive prostate cancer for 16 years, he was given 6 months to live by his doctor. That was when we learned of the new prostate cancer treatment as described above. Dad was in excellent health except for the cancer. On learning further details we found that the treatment was for men in exactly his stage and type of cancer.

My dad had the money for the treatment but once he found out it only extended life by an average of 4 months, he refused to consider it further. Even though I tried to convince him it might well do more than that for an individual patient, including him. He said if he were younger he might go for it but he was 86. He died in March this year. The doctor called the 6 months almost exactly.
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The doctor called the 6 months almost exactly.
Sorry about the loss of your father.

I just met a very old man last week in Honolulu. According to his many doctors at Straub (a local hospital) he had a 85% blockage in his heart artery. They wanted to operate on him on the spot. He refused and asked for medicine to relax his artery and to thin his blood. He wanted to go back home (VN) to die there. They gave him the medicines but told him that it's unlikely he would made the 6, 7 hour flight home. That was 8 years ago.
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Sorry about the loss of your father.

I just met a very old man last week in Honolulu. According to his many doctors at Straub (a local hospital) he had a 85% blockage in his heart artery. They wanted to operate on him on the spot. He refused and asked for medicine to relax his artery and to thin his blood. He wanted to go back home (VN) to die there. They gave him the medicines but told him that it's unlikely he would made the 6, 7 hour flight home. That was 8 years ago.
Thank you Sam. Yes, I was surprised that my Dad's doc predicted accurately. You never know.
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