The father wants them to come back and work out what is best for Danny, and figure out what kind of treatment he should have. I DO read, and nowhere have I seen the father saying that he wants CHEMO. He said treatment, which may or may not mean chemo.
I also read that his survival chances are up to
90%, depending on how advanced it is, depending on a whole lot of things. This was an assessment from doctors who are talking in generalities, not Danny's doctors who wouldn't be able to divulge his specific situation anyway. They aren't addressing how much his cancer has progressed. They aren't addressing how large the tumor in his chest is. They aren't talking about his chances, they are talking about the general population of 13 year old males who have his type of cancer. For all we know, and we won't know any different unless the family chooses to divulge the information, the chemo is only going to extend his life for months, and the prognosis is not good. For all we know, the decision is to allow Danny to die with dignity rather than to just prolong his life with suffering for the remainder. We don't know. If the doctors are saying he needs to get their treatment within a week, though, I have to think the cancer has progressed further than the 90% statistic leads us to believe.
Originally Posted by ut0pia
Refusing cancer treatment to me is not too much different than suicide. \t
I know my perspective isn't all that unique, but I watched my mother fade away, suffer and die from chemotherapy. The cancer didn't kill her. I don't know how cancer kills someone, but I know how chemo can waste a person away until their body no longer possesses the strength to support life. I know how horrible it is to drown on your own fluids filling the lungs, and being too weak for the doctors to drain the fluid even one more time.
I don't know how bad the one time Danny got chemo was for him, but it only gets worse from where he was.
I've debated this in my mind for over 9 years - if I were diagnosed with cancer, would I get chemotherapy? Before I was diagnosed with another awful disease, it was probably a 60% no depending on the prognosis. Now, I'd say 80-90% no. I'm only 36, but I'd rather have a few more years in relative good health knowing the end is coming than a couple years in hell treating the disease not knowing if it would cure it or not. Is that akin to suicide? Maybe it is the "easy" way out, but I've seen the alternative and I know I don't want that.
So if that is what Danny's mother is saving him from - from a bad prognosis and long and horrible treatment to die anyway - then I support her decision 100%.