Monday through Friday of the week of the Republican Convention I am scheduled for my sixth cycle of chemotherapy.
The first question is whether having both of these “treatments” at the same time is contra-indicated.
The next is whether the side effects of the two treatments might tend to mitigate or intensify each other:
- Does nausea get worse from the two?
- Does drowsiness from chemo help protect against effects from the convention?
- Does “chemo brain” mean you lose your judgement about what is going on?
- Would Marinol reduce any exacerbation effect? (Other drugs also occur to one!)
Finally, could one develop a protocol to research this? What would the consent document look like? Or is such research clearly unethical as subjecting subjects to needless harm? What would be the standard for ending the experiment (by which I mean ending the convention early)?