Those who opt-out of these treatments cite the following reasons, such as:
- medical comorbidity
- having no health insurance
- low income
- advanced-stage disease.
Though we have the right to choose, it’s important to be well aware of the risks and possibilities. Aside from these forms of treatment, other alternatives are also available.
Read on to learn more.
What happens if you don’t do chemotherapy or undergo a surgical process?
Studies about different types of cancer were published, discussing the risks of not complying with the treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy.
One of these studies involves observation with breast cancer patients. The usual treatment for this type of cancer is a local surgery that removes the tumor and radiochemotherapy afterward to prevent its recurrence.
However, few women still refuse to undergo treatments, so what happens if you don’t do chemotherapy or undergo a surgical process?
Here’s what researchers found:
- 70 of 5339 women refused to undergo surgery to remove the tumor.
- If the result of observation is compared to those who chose to have surgery, the five-year survival rate between the two groups has a little gap.
- There are 72% and 87% five-year survival rates, respectively.
- Then, breast cancer patients who refused surgery have an increased risk of death than patients who received treatment.
- Moreover, patients who have done surgery but rejected chemotherapy have an estimated 59.2% of 10-year survival rate with no other symptoms or recurrence of the disease. If they accept both treatments, the survival rate increases to 74.3%. However, the actual rate from observation has resulted in 13.8%, worse than the estimated rate.
On the other hand, what happens if you don’t do chemotherapy and surgery?