Your aunt is right in refusing treatment as she thinks that it may be mutilating.
The patient has all freedom to decide whether to take treatment or not. When the patient has decided not to take any treatment, we shouldn't always conclude that he/she is ignorant of the benefits of treatment and is dooming his or her life by denying treatment.
I'm a medical doctor working in a health care center in the Middle East. We don't have adequate treatment facilities for cancer in our set up. Once we detect cancer in a patient, we refer the patient to an oncology center in India.
My opinion is that many patients are right in decision making with regard to their treatment. I've come across very bitter experiences with the treatment offered by some specialists, especially the medical oncologists.
To quote a few examples:
I referred six young patients with Non-Hodgekin's lymphoma. For reasons known only to the oncologists, all were administered the very expensive Mono-Clonal Antibodies (Mapthera)after assuring promising results. Excepting one lady, all died within six months of treatment.
Not only that, all of them developed severe bone marrow depression and succumbed to bleeding episodes, stroke and infections.
Another young male with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia was also administered Mapthera after the conventional chemotherapy did not benefit the patient.He went into shock after which he was revived with difficulty. In about a week's time, he developed severe myelo-suppression because of which he was discontinued treatment, given transfusions and asked to return home. When the patient was returning to his home town by plane, he developed severe epistaxis. After landing, he was rushed to a nearby hospital, after reaching which he developed a stroke. After an agonizing week, in the hospital in a comatose condition, he died. His family members still keep blaming me, for sending him for the treatment which in their opinion (and in my opinion too) has fastened his death.She feels that he would have been alive today, though sick, if only he were not given the treatment at all!
I am sure that all these patients could have lived more if they were not given these treatments.
One of my Romanian friends daughter developed histiocytosis (a 'near' cancerous blood disorder)with several osteolytic skull and bone lesions when she was three years old. He took her taken to top hematologists and oncologists in the Europe who all opined that no treatment would save her and she would only live for three months. When my anguished friend went to a Church to pray, the priest (who was also good in Naturopathy) came to his rescue and offered to treat the girl with healing diet, fruits, vegetables and herbs. They stayed at the church for three months and took treatment. Whether it was a miracle or mercy of God no one knows, she's been completely cured from her illness. After six months, my friend took her to the the team of doctors who finalized the date of his daughter's death. They all become annoyed with my friend that he is fooling them by showing another healthy girl. They flung the x-rays on my friend's face. They refused to believe that the girl is alive and kicking, completely recovered from her illness! (May be she would have died if they had treated her!) She's now twenty seven, in a good job in Ploieşti, working as an executive in a foreign firm and happily married. Today she's pregnant and she is the most beautiful pregnant women I've ever seen!
Three years ago when my father-in-law developed a prostate cancer and Acute Myeloid Leukemia together, the oncologists in a leading medical institution in Mumbai opined that he would live for only two months and advised chemotherapy in addition to orchidectomy. After discussing the pros and cons of chemo, my wife decided to give him only naturotherapy. We treated him with plenty of green vegetable juices, wheat grass juice, fruit juices, broccoli, cauliflower, sunflower seeds, red grape seed oil, plentyful of Vitamin C and Selenium. He lived for 14 months without any set backs in his health, happily attending to his office and driving his car!
Every one of us should read the book 'AntiCancer-A New Way of Life' written by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, and professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. At the age of 31, Servan-Schreiber, one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders, had a malignant brain tumor surgically removed. After exploring the research on the connections between diet and cancer, Serban-Schreiber embarked on a series of lifestyle changes that he credits with preventing his brain cancer from recurring.
Two books by nutritional biochemist Richard Beliveau,'Foods to Fight Cancer'& 'Foods That Fight Cancer and Cooking with Foods That Fight Cancer', provide specific lists of foods and cooking suggestions that make following an anti-cancer diet straightforward and simple.
I always discuss with my cancer patients the merits of naturopathy, good life style and exercises along with positive thoughts, good deeds and prayers the merits and demerits of chemotherapy and leave them to choose. To my elderly patients, I always recommend naturopathy rather than chemotherapy which will make them bed ridden, drain their energy and hope, and drive them to their grave fast!