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Has stage 4 metastatic cancer. Using meth. On chemotherapy. Continue?

My husband has stage 4 metastatic cancer. 3 tumors on his liver and 2 unknown nodules in his right lung. He has used meth for a long time, shooting it up and smoking it. He was clean for over a year then got his diagnosis in Sept. He is on chemo and is using again. Not all the time. About 4 times I know of. I do not do drugs. How bad is this? I can't pay. Sorry.
Asked On : Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM.
I am sorry about your husband and this serious diagnosis. This is terminal stage of malignant disease and unfortunately it is hard to talk about prognosis. Good news are that he is capable to stand chemoth and this will help him for sure and prolong life expectancy. The most important is his heart and lung function. CAncer usually must grow very much till liver failure occur so I think that he should continue to fight and you must give him all possible support to continue with chemoth. WIsh you good health.
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Oncologist, Surgical Dr. Rohan Khandelwal's  Response
Dear Ma'am,

Sorry to hear about you husband's problem. Stage 4 cancer is usually associated with poor prognosis and the actual survival depends on the primary origin of the cancer. The treatment in this case not curative but palliative (just to treat the symptoms).
He certainly should not be using meth at this time as it is going to worsen his condition.

Hoping for the best.
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