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To treat cancer or not to treat cancer: that is the question

For most people, when they are diagnosed with a condition the automatic response is to treat it. It makes sense, if something is wrong, it should be corrected, but sometimes treating a condition exposes someone to far more risk than if they were to just leave the illness alone. When people are diagnosed with cancer, the first question that should be asked is how dangerous the cancer is, not what the treatment is.

As odd as it may seem to some people in Reading, there are some cancers and tumors that pose very little risk to people. Even if the tumor grows, it will grow so slowly that it will not endanger the life of the patient. In those sorts of cases, it may be unwise to expose someone to potential surgical complications, hospital-acquired infections and the chance of medical errors just to aggressively treat a cancer that is relatively safe.

At the same time, what may be an initial diagnosis of a benign tumor could change over time. The tumor could start growing rapidly, endangering the person's life. If a doctor fails to monitor the tumor or cancer, however, it will be virtually impossible to get the individual into treatment in enough time.

Trying to determine whether to treat cancer is a decision that really can only be made by an individual and his or her doctor. If the doctor made a mistake, however, and ended up injuring the patient, it could possibly be a case of medical malpractice.

Source: The Associated Press, "Thyroid cancer cases have soared," Lindey Tanner, Feb. 20, 2014

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