Response rate and survival time
Chemotherapy also involves an additional issue: Response rate and survival time. You must learn to separate these terms because doctors unfortunately do not always separate them. If a doctor says to you that there are breast cancer studies for example by Henderson and Canello, by Schwartsmann and Pinedo, or by Plosker and Faulds, which prove that chemotherapies like Doxorubicin or Epirubicin in high doses have acheived reponse rates up to 70%, then this is absolutely true. Usually the doctor does not elaborate and “forgets” to tell you that even response rates of 70% in the best studies did not achieve a 25% remission (disappearance of the tumor). However the most important thing is that understand that neither a 70% response rate, nor a 25% remission rate, have any effect on your survival time. Should you still doubt that the tumor, or the tumor size is not as important as it is always made out to be with cancer – all these studies prove it.
Now should I undergo chemotherapy or not?
In my opinion, sooner or later the use of chemotherapy as first strategy will certainly go down in history as medical malpractice, and it is certainly a medical error today to use it as the sole means of treating cancer types like breast cancer, intestinal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, or lung cancer, – and the legal grounds in support of such use are slowly but surely becoming more difficult to defend.