Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
If your treatment options offer only a small chance of improvement, how do you know if you should proceed with hope of being an exceptional responder? It's a question Ella Remmings addressed in her email message mentioned in my last post.
Perhaps the greatest challenge for Healthy Survivors is deciding when it is time to let go of hope that treatment will help. "If I believed the statistics," Ella Remmings emailed me, "I would have been gone a long time ago. My chance of surviving Stage IV gallbladder cancer for five years was a whopping 5%. My oncologist said it would be more like six months. I was only 45."