• 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.

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    • 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.

      8 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.

      7 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.

      1 day ago

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