• I am done with the first rounds of treatments (chemo) now they want to do radiation

    Asked by aeasghMX on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    I am done with the first rounds of treatments (chemo) now they want to do radiation

    I was told that the chemo would clear out all cancer cells everywhere in my body since it was a fluid injected in me. Now they want to do radiation and I'm not sure. The decision was left to me. What is your opinion if someone left it up to you, how did you decide to do it or not do it?

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      A tough question with many answers. Chemo can and does miss many cancer cells. No cancer responds 100% to chemo. The average is more like 25-33%, as sad as that sounds. Nothing can hide from radiation, but the collateral damage must be taken into account. The location of the tumor can be crucial, but radiation cannot kill cells outside of the irradiated area. For this reason, chemo/biological therapy and radiation often go hand-in-hand. This is one to research, ponder and pick the doctors' brains, as there is no 100% correct or incorrect answer.

      11 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Same as Po18guy, it depends on the individual case. I was told that one form of cancer that I had would be treated with chemo and radiation. Then the second was chemo only, the third was radiation and surgery only. So depending on the type, location, stage, and many other factors, you may get both, or one or the other. The bottom line for me is that if they suggest that I take it, I'm all in. They are the ones who see 100's of these cases a year so I trust their judgment. I've only had this cancer once, so my experience is pretty slim compared to the doctors.

      11 months ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      My insurance initially refused to cover my radiation (this news came AFTER the 22 treatments were already finished!) calling in "an unnecessary procedure." Thankfully, my team and the hospital advocated on my behalf and finally after more than a year the insurance came through. But the point I'm trying to make, my oncologist considered chemo p!us radiation to be the "double whammy" approach; hopefully one or the other treatment would find every lurking cancer cell. My cousin is a doctor and I did a lot of consulting with him prior to treatment. I remember his answer vividly, "take everything they offer you!".

      11 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I agree with Bengal - take everything they offer. Cancer is a sneaky snake. Sometimes, chemo doesn't kill every single cancer cell within a tumor or in the walls of your bladder. The radiation kills additional cancer cells and helps prevent recurrence.

      11 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      When I was diagnosed I decided early on to do whatever it took to kick this disease to the curb. I was given three options for my treatments and , in my case , radiation was not one of them. I chose the most aggressive treatment of the three. I agree it is a personal choice between you and your doctor . For me, going forward , I wanted to know I had done everything I could to survive, and keep on surviving.

      11 months ago
    • cards7up's Avatar
      cards7up

      What type and stage are you? What will they radiate?

      11 months ago

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