Why Are Late Stage Cancers Rarely Operable?


This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Ramzi Amri, nurse MD, shop PhD, generic postdoctoral fellow in surgical oncology, Harvard Med and Mass General. Often the term “inoperable” is used not to indicate that it is physically impossible to operate on someone but that it’s no use. In other words: the risks and the disadvantages outweigh the benefits.…

One Response to Why Are Late Stage Cancers Rarely Operable?

  1. William "Bill" Hicks June 3, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    When the time comes that I am diagnosed with a serious illness there are two questions I will ask of the physician:

    1) What are my odds of Survival?

    2) How long will I live if something is done or if nothing is done?

    If my odds are less than 50%, or my life will only be temporarily lengthened, then just provide me with pain management. I will not ask anyone to pull the plug, so to speak, but I won’t accept an artificial short term extension of life. It’s just the way I roll.


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