Before getting a bone marrow transplant, Carl Sagan wrote this article for Parade Magazine:http://www.bauleros.org/saganenfermedad.html
"There were, as you might guess, many scary aspects. I remember one night, on medical instructions, getting up at 2 a.m. and opening the first of 12 plastic containers of busulfan tablets, a potent chemotherapeutic agent. The bag read:
Dispose of as BIOHAZARD
One after another, I popped 72 of these pills. It was a lethal amount. If I was not to have a bone-marrow transplant soon after, this immune-suppression therapy by itself would have killed me. It was like taking a fatal dose of arsenic or cyanide, hoping that the right antidote would be supplied in time.
The drugs to suppress my immune system had a few direct effects."
Carl Sagan died as a result of Pneumonia due to a chemo/radiation suppressed immune system. He probably would have lived longer if he had done nothing. From a legal perspective, Carl Sagan is entirely responsible for the decisions which ended his life. But I have to wonder, if he had researched his decisions, if he had known how he would die, would he take the treatments he believed in?
1 in 4 cancer treatment deaths are caused or sped up by chemo:http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008 ... 418640.htm
But the number of deaths due to chemo are artificially low and probably much higher:http://www.naturalnews.com/025499_cance ... ealth.html