mdm S (read here) has a recurrence of kidney cancer, aka renal cell carcinoma, in her right lung. last week, an attempt to remove the tumour completely was unsuccessful because part of it was adherent to a major blood vessel (superior vena cavae).
the most likely option left now, if she consents, is chemotherapy which itself is also fraught with side-effects, & some, other patients say, are worse than the disease itself!! whatever her decision, time is not on her side.
as i looked at mdm S's journey in retrospect, i couldn't help wondering if, at ANYTIME, there was ANYTHING ANYONE of us could have done to have given her a better chance at survival.
doctors have been accused, rightly or wrongly, at playing God. seriously, having been in these shoes, heavy is the burden of responsibility on the shoulders of many who have to make difficult decisions, esp when these decisions profoundly affect the lives of others.