Language: Bahasa Indonesia / Malaysia
It is bad enough to be diagnosed with metastatic kidney cancer. The situation gets more grim when you are told that there would be no cure. And you are told to take a drug that cost 100 million rupiah a month that may prolong your life from 2 months to 2 years (at most). The doctor scold you for not wanting to take the medication “because the more you wait, the more the cancer will spread and spread. You will not have any more hope”.
To offer a solution whereby the drug cost so much money is not solution to a normal wage earner. It is bad enough to get cancer but it would be even worse to make him a bankrupt while he is still alive – and perhaps leave a pile of debt that requires even his grandchildren to repay. Even if he live for an extra two years. What good is that?
On top of that, prolonging life comes with another price – severe side-effects.
So, is it really worth it?
Kidney Cancer: Part 2 – Expensive Drug That Does Not Cure