• My doctor is suggesting a course of treatment that is years or decades old. Isn't there newer and better treatments available now?

    Asked by SouthernBell on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    My doctor is suggesting a course of treatment that is years or decades old. Isn't there newer and better treatments available now?

    I know that if something works there's nothing wrong with it , to a point. But if the newer treatments are available with better results and less side effects, of course I want that.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Maybe get a second opinion before starting this treatment. With all the updates in care and treatment, you should find the best one for you. Good luck.

      14 days ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I'm [email redacted]. If you are not confident in the proposed treatment plan, seek a 2nd opinion.

      14 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Which variety of leukemia? There has been amazing progress against some types, but treatment for others has not changed much in 40 years. If you are in the US, and are not at an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center, please at least consult at such a facility. They have cutting edge treatments, employ the best and brightest and offer clinical trials - which is the only way medical science is advanced.

      I have been in 4 trials myself. Had I not gone to such a facility, or participated in clinical trials, I simply would not be here. For the record, I have had two rare non-Hodgkin's lymphomas as well as MDS (a bone marrow cancer and precursor to Acute Myeloid Leukemia). Find the nearest center here:
      https://www.cancer.gov/research/nci-role/cancer-centers/find

      14 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      PO has some good information. For me, if it's tried and true I might be OK with it, however, I do agree if there is something new out I am all for new and improved. I just don't want to be experimented on. I hope your treatment goes well, whichever you decide on.

      14 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      There has been extremely little progress made against the various forms of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Conversely, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia and Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia 'may be' placed in remission by a pill. Other forms, depending on specific gene mutations, respond to a fairly wide variety of drugs. But - one must be at a facility and under the care of a hematologist who is willing to think outside the box regarding treatment options.

      14 days ago
    • Coloman's Avatar
      Coloman

      I'm new to treatments and cancer in general, but if I was offered something new I would be up for it. I read good information about the newer types of treatments. I understand that not all cancers have newer treatments available.

      14 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      The cancer I had has a treatment developed in the 1940s. With hit or miss, they've come out with chemo creams for the very early stages. But many people aren't good candidates for a cream. I'm the first person to have the radiation treatment and live. Go see other doctors and chose what your heart tells you.

      8 days ago
    • lo15's Avatar
      lo15

      Boy everything depends on where you are receiving treatment. We moved over 1000 miles to switch to a large renowned cancer center, best decision ever. Its your life, try to seek the best care available to you, its worth it. Oh also, even here within thirty miles the treatment can be different..

      7 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      The treatment options can be very different in the same hospital-it depends on the different doctors' speciality. I think that is wrong--A person should have all options presented to them-much like buying a car or fine jewelry.

      6 days ago

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