Bonnie, I absolutely agree with you! It is your body and only you know what you're experiencing; you should be the one to decide what you are willing to go through. I was fortunate to have an oncologist who would explain the treatment options and then really listen to what I had to say. I get angry when I hear someone say "my doctor says I have to (fill in the blank)." You don't have to experience any medical treatment if you don't want to. If you feel you need to rebel, then do it, but I would hope that those who make the rebellious choice are making an informed choice.
My response to your article is "YES!" Oncology is far from an exact science. To my way of thinking, a good oncologist will inform you of the current knowledge about your disease and the available options. The oncologists know cancer. But, I know my body. I want to make informed choices based on the knowledge presented to me by the oncologist and by what I know about my body, along with what I'm comfortable with regarding risk and quality of life. I cringe whenever I hear someone tell me that their doctor "says that I have to..." There is no "have to"! It is the patient's choice. Okay, I sense that I'm on a soap box
I'm 7 years past treatment for Stage 0 breast cancer (lumpectomy & radiation). Shortly after my treatment ended a friend asked when I'd know that I was "safe." My reply then was that you never know you're safe, whether you're past treatment or never diagnosed. I still have that attitude, but it is less prominent in my mind. Without frequent reminders that nothing is certain, the awareness has moved into the background of my daily life. But, that awareness is still gently present and helps me to remember that every day is a gift.