Can a Patient with End Stage Cervical Cancer Have Chemotherapy?

Q:

My grandmother is 89 years old. She has cervical cancer and her doctor said that she was at the end stage. Should she continue to have chemotherapy?

A:

Chemotherapy is not a recommendable treatment for people with end stage cervical cancer, for it can worsen patients’ quality of life in their final days.

Stage IVB is the last stage of cervical cancer. At this stage, the cancer has moved to other areas of the body, including distant organs. It is not curable, but it is treatable.

Considering your grandmother’s condition, the major purpose should be relieving her pain caused by the disease, so chemotherapy which is often accompanied with intensive side effects is not a good choice. Instead, radiation therapy can be used to slow the growth of the cancer or relieve signs.

 

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