Okay my novel is about a girl getting leukemia and she only has 1 month left, and i have question. In the book i want her too take chemotherapy, but is their any use in it if she only has one month left?


and help me with facts about leukemia, most websites make it hard to understand. She is going to have APL and what are symptoms that show that she may have it? and how long is chemotherapy if she only has a year left?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Answering your question: No it wouldn't help to have her go through chemotherapy treatment if she has 1 month to live. Usual Treatment last from 4-6 months. So if anything have her life-span about 6-12 months. Now here is an Idea that will make your story real juicy because she has lets say she has 6-8 months left to live in the first couple of chapters make her cancer reoccur every time she thinks it's finally going away then you could either kill her or cure her that way you keep the reader attached to the story and their will never be a dull moment in the book.



    The following below should help you understand everything you need to know about Chemotherapy.

    First you have to know what chemotherapy is.

    Chemotherapy - the treatment of cancer with drugs that can destroy cancer cells. These drugs often are called "anticancer" drugs.


    How Long is Chemotherapy Given?

    The length of chemotherapy treatment is determined by a variety of factors. These include the type of cancer, the extent of cancer, the types of drugs that are given, as well as the expected toxicities of the drugs and the amount of time necessary to recover from these toxicities. Many chemotherapy treatment schedules (including the type and length of chemotherapy treatment) have been determined through clinical trials that compared them and determined which had the most benefit and was most well tolerated.

    In general, chemotherapy treatment is given in cycles. This allows the cancer cells to be attacked at their most vulnerable times, and allows the body's normal cells time to recover from the damage. There are really three issues regarding the cycle time, duration of the cycle, frequency of the cycle, and how many cycles.

    Duration of the cycle: Chemotherapy treatment may be a single drug or a combination of drugs. The drugs may all be given on a single day, several consecutive days, or continuously as an outpatient or as an inpatient. Treatment could last minutes, hours, or days, depending on the specific protocol.

    Frequency of the cycle: Chemotherapy may repeat weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Usually, a cycle is defined in monthly intervals. For example, two bi-weekly chemotherapy sessions may be classified as one cycle.

    The number of cycles: In most cases, the number of cycles - or the length of chemotherapy from start to finish - has been determined by research and clinical trials.

    When cure is the treatment goal. (therapy after surgery has removed all visible cancer) may last 4-6 months. Adjutant chemotherapy is common in cancers of the breast and colon. In cancers of the testis, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and leukemia's length of chemotherapy treatment may be up to a year.

    When there is visible disease, the length of chemotherapy treatment will depend upon the response of the disease to therapy. If the disease disappears completely, chemotherapy may continue for 1-2 cycles beyond this observation to maximize the chance of having attacked all microscopic disease.

    If the disease shrinks but does not disappear, chemotherapy will continue as long as it is tolerated and the disease does not grow.

    If the disease grows, the chemotherapy will be stopped. Depending on the health and wishes of the patient, either different drugs will be given to try to kill the cancer, or chemotherapy will be stopped and the goal changed to focus on patient comfort.

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  • 1 decade ago

    1 month may be too short. You could make the character have 5 or 6 months left to study Chemotherapy.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If she has a month to live when she's diagnosed, then no, there's no point. It would make her and her family suffer, and give them false hope that she might get better. No doctor would do that.

    Someone I knew had cancer, and she had twelve months of chemo. This was about twenty years ago, though, so things might have changed since. Also, she had sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, not leukaemia.

    Edit: No offence, but if you find the clinical descriptions of the disease hard to understand, maybe you should find something else to write about, or delay writing this story until you can understand them. Writing about someone dying, particularly from something slow like cancer, is hard enough even when you know what it's like. Believe me, I've tried.

    Source(s): Personal experience.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    maybe, but normally you have 8 months to live so they go ahead and try to help, because not always do they die when everyone persists they do... its like science only goes so far... then comes God <3 so you yea you could and the affects of the chemo would help the story along as well...

    Hope I helped! Good luck with the book! I wanna know the title when ur done so i can look for it on the shelves! lol :D

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