Your oncologist or cancer doctor is the best person to ask, because they are familiar with all the details of your cancer... in order to determine what options might be right for you. Here's a good internet site on your cancer, with information on standard of care treatments. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/anal
Anal Cancer Questions
Is it necessary chemotherapy?
Asked by LUBI on Monday, May 20, 2013
Is it necessary chemotherapy?
I don´t want chemotherapy. What other treatment can I get?
14 Answers from the Community
Chemotherapy will most likely save your life. You may be frightened but don't be. Chemos today are not as toxic as they were years ago. There are even people on chemo for many many years as a maintence therapy and lead very normal lives.
I think if you go into it thinking it will save your life you will have a better outcome than if you think it will harm or hurt you.
if your Dr. gives you a treatment plan consider getting a second opinion or even a third and then make the choice that is right for you.
I was one of the fortunate ones who didn't require Chemo...I was all set to have a mandibulotomy and Chemo and Radiation...However, I went to Mayo and the doctor said that if he doesn't have to use it he won't. Depending on the type of cancer, the degree of cancer and the location of the cancer, the decision to use chemo will be done on a case to case basis...It doesn't mean that I won't have to do chemo in the future, if it comes back. I am assured I will receiving chemo. So, not all cancer patients need chemo...
Hi! Chemo is, most often, necessary. Your oncologist is the best one to advise you about chemo and your treatment plan. For me, chemo was my choice, but my oncologist warned me that if I didn't utilize chemo now to try and kill all the microscopic cancer cells, that if the cancer returned, there'd be nothing they could do. Weigh all your options carefully, give great heed to your oncologist & God Bless!
I didn't like the idea of all the side effects of chemo either, but considering the alternatives, I said go ahead and give me a big ole helping handful of it. Made me sick, I lost 50# I couldn't eat, got sores in my mouth, but after it was all said and done, I didn't even think about it much. After it's over it's just an experience in your life that made you stronger, and saved your life.
So, if the doctors say you need it, you need to get you some.
I've done a lot of research on healing through nutrition. So much so that I definitely believe in it. Check out Kris Carr ...she is a 10 year survivor of inoperable, uncureable cancer. I am on the road of prevention through nutrition -the all-natural, organic way. Having said that...would I chose no chemo if I got cancer again? Don't know...but the choice is an individual one.
Hi. I am stage 4 and can say that if it wasn't for chemo I wouldn't be in remission right now. God gave me the strength to get through treatment. I can't sugar coat it. Treatment sux, but it can save your life. However definitely speak to your doctors about your options customized to your type and stage of cancer. I wish you all the best. Never lose hope. Sending hugs your way.
Hello, I am an oncology nurse and what a great question you ask here today. Of course with most cancers or malignant tumors the option is to either have surgery, radiation or pharmacologic which is usually chemotherapy, however if chemotherapy is not something that you would be interested in than there are biologics and targeted therapies to consider as well. The side effects are not as intense with a biologic. There are biologics that will starve the tumor by stopping any blood supply to it. This is an anti-angiogenesis and the most common is Avastin. Right now there is a phase I trial with Avastin ongoing that couples Avastin with a targeted therapy that looks promising. It is at MD Anderson but I am sure your oncologist can use Avastin off label if need be. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.
I HATE doing taxes, cleaning up after my dogs and scrubbing toilets! I also HATED having to have chemo! But there are certain things in life you need to do; and FOR LIFE you might have to agree to chemo. I didn't think I could do it and remember about 10 years ago when a friend went through chemo for pancreatic cancer. She was sick all the time and lost a bunch of weight and then died anyway.
But things have drastically changed since then. I had 5 months of chemo and never lost weight, lost my appetite or lost my lunch! There are ways to combat almost all side effects--so when my oncologist (who had been in the business for thirty years) recommended I do chemo, I did. Now I won't ever have to say, "I should have followed his advice and had chemo." It's your choice of course, but I chose not to second-guess my doctor. Good luck with your decision making.
All those years ago (over a decade now) the radiologist told me (he was a liar) that he could "cure" me with targeted radiation.
I entered the system because of what were, then, new drugs which promised a 95% cure (that isn't exactly the right word either but I am cancer free) whereas prior to that, my chances were not so hot with conventional therapies.
I do know people who have gotten rid of their tumors with alternative therapies but I can't recommend it to you because I am not one of them. I thought that 95% cure would be the easiest route. Although I did not abandon what I was alternatively already doing, I did rely on radiation (80 treatments-don't ask because you don't want to know) and chemotherapy (2 bouts - I was underdosed on the first round). by submitting myself to the doctors.
If you really wish to do something else, look into Hippocrates Health Institute (WPB, FL), Optimun Wellness (Austin, TX & San Diego, Ca) and the Living Health Institute (Atlanta, GA) and look up "nigella sativa" which is an oil from a wild crafted herb grown in the Mid East. Also 'artismisinin' which is another herb.
I do not wish to be responsible for leading you into any particular choices. You need to get, at least, a second oncologist opinion and be sure you trust your oncologist before making rash choices. Please think things through. If you really do wish to try other methods, I have connections to two of the places I mention and more information on nigella and on artiminisinin. Insurance won't cover any of it.
Best wishes for recovered good heath.
Don't waste your energy in fear.
I'm just over half way on my rectal cancer treatment. My chemo/radiation worked spectacularly and nearly eradicated the cancer itself. Just had surgery it remove the remnants. One,ore course of chemo ahead. Doctors today make sure that you are comfortable through the treatment. I did much better than my parents did.
You'll be fine and 10 years from now you won't even remember.
Good luck on your healing journey
I think that trying to avoid something is probably worse than the thing you are trying to avoid...Many talk about natural alternatives and a holistic approach...I was living a life that was what others consider a cancer free life style...Vegetarian, non drinker/smoker, no fast food, no junk food, exercise, alternative medicine and a great attitude...I still got cancer...my life style probably ameliorated the effects somewhat but didn't prevent it...I have done a lot of studying about the efficacy of herbs, and alkaline diets, and different foods and the like, and I can find not a shred of substantiated evidence that those methods will eliminate cancer. There are always tales of someone who drank Raccoon, pee and was magically cured, but I wouldn't count on that working for all...As a matter of fact, the evidence is clear that the methods that the Oncologist prescribe is the most effective and yields the best results....Diet and exercise, in my opinion, should be everyone's daily practice. But remember that everyone is different and what works for one, won't necessarily work for the other...I live by the motto, "What you resist, persists" focusing on what you don't want will not get you to, what you do want...
The generally accepted treatment for anal cancer is the Nigro protocol, which has been around for close to 25 years. It is a concentrated, aggressive treatment consisting of 6 weeks of daily radiation and 2 courses of chemo with the first beginning on the day you receive your first radiation treatment. The theory is that the chemo will weaken the tumor, making it more receptive to being rapped by radiation.
That being said, obviously every case is highly individualized. Always question your doctors about options, and make the best decision for you.
But don't be afraid of the chemo. Two courses are very manageable.