Since this is an unfortunate claim and many patients

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proven therapeutic benefit potentially accelerates death.” Since this is an unfortunate claim, and many patients suffering from an incurable disease are exposed to different medications that are not reversing the trauma but making it worse. In addition, when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she did not get treatment right away. One of the first things she did was change her diet which consisted of juicing fruits and vegetables. After about a month or two of doing this, her tumor shrunk incredibly. It was not until she decided to get her first treatment of chemotherapy that things began to go downhill. She was instructed to take more than five medications a day including chemotherapy. During those months, it was the worst that I had ever seen her health. In fact, I did not think that it could get
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Alcorn 3 any worse than that until she was moved to Hospice. The medication that they were giving her made her completely unresponsive and the pain she experienced doubled without it. In the end, if she had not decided to get treatment but instead stayed at home and fought it with the natural remedies that she was doing it would have benefited her much more than going to the hospital. Including, patients and their families go through a burdening financial crisis to get what they believe would be the most effective treatment. There are five main Cancer Treatment Centers of America that patients may go to seek professional and personalized treatment for every individual. However, they are not free or close to affordable for even the average middle class. Moreover, there is even a cost for patients who are willing to try unapproved drugs or medicine that has went through the fast approval process. “There are three phases that a drug must go through before it is approved” (Kase). Phase I entails of “physicians looking for adverse side effects in humans and at how the human body metabolizes the drug” (Kase). However, “The cost of a Phase I formal clinical trial is approximately $15.2 million” (Kase). Better yet, if the drug happens to be ineffective and the patient passes then “a surviving spouse may be required to pay the remaining debt” (Kase). The costs that a family would have to pay for these types of treatment are serious and should not be an additional burden during this time. Including, the costs of patients who spend two weeks in an ICU is also unaffordable for most people. Specifically, an article titled "Are Too Many People Dying in ICUs?" comes from an online journal for primary care physicians called Cortland Forum. They have over 4,000 journals and over 3,000 congresses. In the article, it is stated, “Patients who had an average ICU stay of nearly 13 days cost $24,500.” It is worrisome having a sick family member, and having to think about the costs of medication and assistance in medical facilities adds to the pain.
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Alcorn 4 In relation, my mother was in and out of the hospital, and her health was not going anywhere. Therefore, she decided to try one of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She was treated at the Western Region Medical Center located in Phoenix, Arizona. She was there for about a month, and although their treatment may have been thorough and effective, it costs thousands of dollars per week. Our family members helped enough to pay for a month of her
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