Mar 20, 2012 10:43PM luv_gardening wrote:
Sadly I too had lost confidence in doctors and medical systems after my sister came close to death with an ectopic pregnancy that they denied, my husband was misdiagnosed when he was having a heart attack and again when his appendix had burst. But I have also had some wonderful health care workers. My medical oncologist is an angel. So compassionate and understanding of my endless questioning and alternative research. People are just people and they come in all varieties.
Applying heat or cold would be designed to kill the tumour so therefore if applied to the skin, would kill all tissues and leave a gaping wound. But any tumour that didn't get the full treatment would continue to grow. I'm sure someone in history has tried such barbaric methods to avoid cutting people open prior to anaesthetics but it didn't catch on.
I think the bottom line needs to be, how much and how long would you suffer if your (assumed) cancer spread, compared to the prospect of possibly clashing with health workers, getting scans and a biopsy to formally diagnose and decide on a course of action, pre-operative checks to ensure your heart, blood pressure etc are not going to cause complications, then getting the operation? Then in about a month the surgery would be over.
You aren't obliged to go ahead with any radiation or chemo although I'm not sure if that would stop the insurers from paying for the operation as we have a different system in Australia. Then it would be over unless you are already stage IV. Then you would have the doctors to deal with along with the pain, disability and fear to deal with for the rest of your life.
The hormonal treatments, whether medications or mushrooms, only last for so long if they work at all. I guess you have to decide to be strong for just a month and get it over with, just grit your teeth and get that nasty thing off your chest. You'll feel such relief not to be housing it in your body any longer. And you might even meet up with a dear sweet health worker who sees your fear and holds your hand and cares about how you feel. Sometimes such angels will slip notes to doctors to be extra kind. After all, they do the job because they want to help people in your position. Take a few deep breaths, tell yourself you'll only meet the best health workers and you might be amazed.