“Kak, tak boleh ke minta doktor hentikan Chemotherapy pd makcik?”
“Eh, doktor tu tak fikir ke sebelum bagi treatment kat patient?”
“Chemotherapy at a final stage cancer is not meant to cure, but to delay the growth of the cancer”
“Jadi, apa guna hidup kalau setiap hari sakit macam nak mati?“
A dilemma. Maybe I’m not the only one who have to face this. Believe it or not, this is one of the worst nightmares of a doctor. Yes, when one of your relatives is dying, and everyone is seeking help from you. A dilemma, i should say, either to play the role as a doctor, or as a part of the family? And unluckily, most of the time, both contradict each other.
Benefit vs. side effects. When people keep on arguing about the side effects, what should I say? Frankly speaking, sometimes it’s just too annoying. The doctors tried to help, but others think that he’s killing his patient. (work-for-money doctor tu tolak tepi..) Nobody wants to see other people suffering. Nobody wants to see other people dying. Doctors are neither a killer, nor a ‘god’!. Bukan kami yang mencaturkan hidup manusia!
Believe me, doctors always try to find the best treatment for their patient. The ethics and etiquettes that we learn from school, if a drug has more side effects which worsen the patient conditions and creates a greater risk for the patient than the initial disease, the drug will no longer be used as a primary treatment. But it’s when they do not know how worse the consequences of leaving the current disease untreated will be, plus the beneficial effect of the drugs or treatment is ‘masked’ by the ‘awful’ side effects, they don’t appreciate the effort that the doctor has made.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but in Islam, I knew that it’s an obligation to make efforts to put off all the dharurah by all means, given that the solutions won’t create a greater dharurah. And this is what I believe in. But if people still refuse to receive any medication which may have side effects, so my only advice is: Go and find other alternative medicine which you believe that it’s much better than the current allopathic medication used in hospitals. (well, I also prefer alternative medicine) But please, don’t make any accusation on doctors.
And I don’t want to put myself into those arguments, because “I’m not yet a doctor.”