It’s a monkey to beat, but then again, he probably thinks his time is limited and what the heck.
After all that pain though, I can’t imagine wanting more when the cancer re-occurs, which is most certainly will.
My father, who was a heavy smoker, had 3 heart attacks and 2 strokes. The 2nd stroke left him pretty much helpless, with a limited vocabulary and in a nursing home. After all of that my mother came in one day for a visit and found a pack of cigarettes in his robe pocket. She ordered the nurses not to give him access to tobacco. My sentiment was more like yours: what's it going to do, make him worse?