Friday, April 6, 2012

I made the decision as of February 1 not to take the medication they told me to take for five years. Early mornings were like being newly pregnant, my joints ached and I was losing my hair. Dr. Tran had shown me the stats for women with my type of cancer at my age with my treatment and the difference in survival rates were not huge. People in my age group are dying of all sorts of things including being in my age group. The alternative she said was Avastin. I wasn't sure. I have a great disregard for medicine in general and wish doctors would look more into the tests before prescribing including the parameters of the tests and who would pay for them. For new drugs it is impossible to know the long term effects, but at 69 and 3/4s I'm not worried about what the drug will do 30 years from now. I took the prescription and didn't fill it. It was great feeling normal again. I'm no fan of the FDA. Afterall they are funded by the companies whose products they test which is a major conflict of interest. Last November they stopped recommending Avastin for breast cancer.


  1. Dear Donnalee, I remember talking to you at the Geneva Writers' Conference in February (or did we meet at the Beau-Rivage?). It was the title of your blog that reminded me of witty! I am with you on the (not) taking of medication, and your prognosis sounds good. May your beautiful smile light up Geneva for a long time to come! I'm sending you much love, Karin

  2. I too was treated for breast cancer. You made the right choice not to take the medication. I wasn't tolerating well the meds prescribed to me for the next 5 years(Tamoxifen) One year after being diagnosed, the wise oncologist at HUG told me it wouldn't make any difference whether I took it or not so I quit after 14 months. I know several women who have been through this - and not having an easy time at all.

    I invite you to view my blog - Towards Better Health. I'm looking for people to contribute to it, especially the one in French - Mieux Prévenir.

    Be well.