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Chemo starts 2 weeks from today.
I thought surgery was going to be tough. We got through it ok. But after hearing the treatment options outlined by her doctor and listening to all the benefits and side effects of each one, chemotherapy begins to feel more and more like some low-budget Hollywood horror film brought to life.
It doesn't help that both the surgeon and the oncologist think that there is a fair possibility that there is no cancer left in her body and this procedure (and the radiation to follow) are only necessary for insurance against any "cancer seeds" that might be floating around her system.
The choices were between something that was harsh and harsher. Harsher would be slightly (1%) more effective but also had a 4% chance of impairing heart functions and a 1% chance of causing acute leukemia.
Its like getting held up at gun-point, only the choices are "Your life or your life."