Can one stop chemo and radiation cold turkey before their prescribed treatment dose is over?

1 answer | Last updated: Nov 21, 2016
Jmw asked...

Can someone stop chemo and radiation cold turkey before their prescribed treatment dose is over, or what is the fastest but safest way to stop it all? My mother has a brain tumor, glioblastoma-multiform. She is 55 years old, and I want her to stop the chemo and the radiation. We have found immensely effective natural curing agents that we want to go with. Please help!


Expert Answers

Andrew Putnam, M.D. is a Palliative Care physician at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University.

Glioblastoma multiforme is generally a very aggressive type of cancer.  Stopping the chemotherapy and radiation early runs the risk of not gaining any of the possible benefits.  There are however times when it is appropriate to stop the treatments early due either to lack of success, side effects, or deterioration of the patient. Before stopping any treatment early, it is important to discuss this with your mother’s medical oncologist or radiation oncologist.