• Are all cancer treatments aggressive?

    Firstly cancer treatment lies in the combination of different types of treatment: chemotherapy, radiation, surgery. But the doctor treating you will customize your treatment according to your associated diseases, cancer stage, and various genetic and molecular characteristics of your tumor. They say "there are no diseases, only the ill". [...]

  • If the cancer wonít kill you, will the treatment do it?

    There are undoubtedly serious side effects during chemotherapy and radiotherapy. They are explained in other chapters. But let us not forget that "medical art" in oncology is to apply the treatment in a dose as close to the standard dose, not "to kill the patient". [...]

  • You cannot work during cancer treatment?

    Many patients continue their work during their cancer treatment. There are days when you feel bad, you have strong side effects and you cannot work. Do not give up and continue to work when you feel well. [...]

  • If you have cancer, will you die because of this disease?

    In our experience, we had many patients that had cancer with a very good prognosis but were very stressed about it, so that in the end they died from a different unrelated serious condition. [...]

  • Does it take "an eternity" to recover from the adverse effects of treatment, will I ever recover?

    Ask your doctor about the treatmentís length. Mostly, there are 3 or 4 or 6 cycles (up to 5 months) of chemotherapy. Radiation takes much less (only weeks). [...]

  • Will your whole family get cancer now?

    Cancer is not an infectious disease, so it cannot be transmitted to your loved ones. Rarely, only in some cases, your blood relatives of first degree (mother, father, brothers, sisters, children) may have a greater predisposition to the same cancer type that you have. [...]

  • Will cancer always come back?

    People want certainty. But if we think about it, we have little certainty in life. The word "always", as the word "never" approaching certainty should not be used as we are surrounded by relativity. [...]

  • It's your fault that you have cancer?

    No, it is definitely not your fault. Cancer originates at the cellular level for reasons largely unknown today. Experts have identified some risk factors for cancer (smoking, unhealthy diet, alcohol abuse, exposure to sunlight, etc.) but not all those who are alcoholics or have unhealthy diets get cancer. [...]

  • Does the global medical community have a miraculous cure for cancer and keeps it a secret because current anticancer drugs are selling better?

    This is the classical theory of conspiracy, as the one with the bankers and occult groups that are secretly preparing something terrible for mankind. Paranoia is a mental illness where the ideas have a touch of reality for some, but are completely unrealistic for the professionals in the field. [...]

  • Nothing will be the same as before having cancer?

    Of all the myths, this one is partly real. Indeed, there is a change, but one that gives that person a profound change in the values of his life philosophy, the joy of seeing a flower is more important than gaining a considerable fortune. [...]