If a cure is possible, I will strive to maximize a patient's chance to achieve it. If cure is not realistically possible, my goal is to help one through the disease process in a manner that the individual desires, in the most reasonable and ethical fashion, to achieve maximal preservation of quality of life. Chemotherapy sometimes is necessary and helpful; sometimes is not needed. I do not give chemotherapy if it is not warranted or if there is not a reasonable chance it will help. At times, chemotherapy, even though available for a condition, may not be in the best interests for a particular patient in a particular situation, if it will make their life poorly tolerable in an incurable situation. Other forms of treatment for palliation of a disease are best employed in such situations, for the benefit of a patient. I emphasize in such situations preservation of quality of life, rather than quantity.
Dr. Jess Armor, MD is an oncology doctor who practices in Enid, OK. He is 44 years old and has been practicing for 18 years. Dr. Armor is affiliated with Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, Okeene Municipal Hospital and Mercy Health Center.