But, by the time I turned 25, my mother had been sick for years and was on her 78th round of chemotherapy.
A: The relative danger of drunk walking never fails to surprise; nor, sadly, does the relative inefficacy of chemotherapy.
He would compare the strategy to chemotherapy; life saving if administered properly and in the right dose, deadly if not.
chemotherapy che·mo·ther·a·py (kē'mō-thěr'ə-pē, kěm'ō-)
The treatment of cancer using specific chemical agents or drugs that are selectively destructive to malignant cells and tissues.
The treatment of disease using chemical agents or drugs that are selectively toxic to the causative agent of the disease, such as a virus or other microorganism.
Note: There are often side effects to chemotherapy, a common one being the temporary loss of hair.