Hello, My mother was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in several spine locations and rib at the beginning of 2019 after a mastectomy in 2017. Her breast cancer was discovered during treatment for a heart attack. She refused chemotherapy but has found radiotherapy (single dose annually) has helped to reduce pain for several months with no side effects. She is getting less mobile and her legs are painful now so she uses a mobility scooter. Sometimes she feels she may collapse and does fall sometimes when she bends over. Recently she fractured a small wrist bone while draining a saucepan. She has had bad reactions to Denosumab and now doesn't want to try any other drugs including oral biosphosphates (Biodronic acid?) which her consultant has suggested. I've also discovered she stopped taking the Tamoxifen which she eventually settled on after bad experiences with Examastane and one other but not told her consultant. She does understand that this course of action may limit her life but at 81 says she would rather have quality than quantity. She also has congestive heart failure and 'below par kidneys'. My brother and I live close and so she is well supported. She's positive, engaged with life and fiercely protective of her independence! She seems to be able to cope with pain but cannot cope with nausea and flu like symptoms on an ongoing basis which was happening with the tablets. Should I respect her decision to not take drugs that may significantly reduce her risk of skeletal incidents and the cancer spreading or should I be piling on the pressure? Do other people of my mother's age decide to stop medication in this way? Thank - you.
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