Would you go through cancer treatment a second time?

robin roberts

I recently received the following e-mail from a health & science writer with NYMag.com:

Hi there,
I’m a health & science writer with NYMag.com, and I thought I’d reach out to gauge your thoughts on a story I’m thinking of pursuing. (Came across your blog while googling around about this topic today.)
It’s loosely inspired by “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts’ new memoir – she says in the book that after going through cancer treatments the first time, she quietly promised herself if she were ever diagnosed again, she wouldn’t pursue treatment. Roberts, of course, actually was in fact diagnosed a second time, and did fight it. But I’m interested in understanding why people who’ve been diagnosed with the disease a second+ time would decide against pursuing treatment.
Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts on that. And if you have any ideas of some people or blogs or research you could point me toward that deals with this topic, I’d appreciate that, too.
Thanks so much for considering,
I thought it an interesting question, but as I told her in my response, I can’t think of anyone I know who didn’t pursue treatment after a recurrence. Still, I thought I’d put the question out there to see what your thoughts on this question are. Looking forward to hearing from you.