Chemotherapy Increases Survival By 2%
From Clinical Oncology Journal – The Royal College of Radiologists. 2004 Dec, The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies by Morgan G et. al.(1):
… the overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.
Conclusion: As the 5-year relative survival rate for cancer in Australia is now over 60%, it is clear that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival. To justify the continued funding and availability of drugs used in cytotoxic chemotherapy, a rigorous evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and impact on quality of life is urgently required.
Full paper: Chemotherapy increases survival by two percent.pdf.
In plain english:
If you have chemotherapy, it will increase your chance of survival by around 2%.
But taking into account side effects and cost, is it really worth it?
80% of Doctors Would Not Take Chemotherapy Themselves
What is equally surprising is that 80% of doctors would not take chemotherapy if they had cancer (2):
A survey of 128 US cancer doctors found that if they contracted cancer, more than 80 per cent would not have chemotherapy as the “risks and side effects far outweighed the likely benefits”. You have to work out what´s best for you and your type and grade of cancer.
Ask your doctor why they are recommend chemotherapy.
$120,000 Per Year for Chemotherapy
Its expensive to have cancer. Currently in the US, the cost of temozolomide is $120,000 per year (3).
Quote from Lord Saatchi
“Scientific knowledge has not advanced by one centimetre as a result of all these [cancer-related] deaths, because the current law requires the deceased receive only the standard procedure – the endless repetition of a failed experiment.”
– Lord Saatchi, House of Lords, UK, BBC News Oct 2014
- (1) Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2004 Dec;16(8):549-60. The contribution of cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adult malignancies by Morgan G et. al. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15630849.
- (2) www.canceractive.com – 20 things you need to know about chemotherapy.
- (3) www.treatingglioblastoma.com – Finances.