When it comes to cancer treatment, it can be difficult to know when to stop. Cancer treatments can help stop the growth or spread of cancer, but sometimes they don't work well or stop working. In these cases, a person may want to stop chemotherapy for a while or completely. Even oncologists, who prescribe cancer treatment, may not realize that many of their patients have no idea what is happening.
According to a March study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice, oncologists spend less than 10 percent of their time talking about patients' prognosis. In these cases, the oncologist focuses on improving the person's quality of life and develops a plan to manage cancer symptoms. Jack Jacoub, MD, medical oncologist and medical director, MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA, says that if chemotherapy stops working, it's important to discuss other options with your oncologist, the rest of your healthcare team, and your loved ones before making a future treatment decision. Your consultant may be able to tell you what to expect either way, although if the oncologist has addressed the issue of stopping all treatment, it seems that you may feel that this is the best solution for you.
Anyone who is concerned that chemotherapy isn't working should tell their oncologist or oncologist. Oncologists have long been criticized for not giving patients the news they need to plan for their future. It seems that your oncologist is also happy with your choice and it's good that he is still having his team keep an eye on you. When deciding whether or not to stop cancer treatment, it's important to consider all of your options and talk with your healthcare team and loved ones. Your oncologist can help you make an informed decision about what is best for you and your health.