• Treatment

    Asked by Zoltan1 on Friday, March 8, 2013


    What kind of treatment have you had?. Don't know what the options are?

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Zoltan, Everyone is different and every cancer case is different so what ione person has for treatment is not necessarily applicable to your case. That being said asking what the treatment options are is a great quiestion. There are lots of options that may apply to each case. It is a question that you need to address with your Drs and get them to explain all of the risks and rewards for each option in a manner that you can understand. To help you out i will list some of the general options. Please note that this list is not intended to be complete and not all options may apply to your case.

      Surgery - This is often what patients think of forst. When told they have cancer they want it out as soon as possible and in a lot of cases it is possible and a good starting point but it is not without risks and will not work in all cases.

      Chemotherapy - This is probably the most used cancer treatment in that it can treat cancer throughout the body. Diffreent drugs are used depending on the type of cancer and the application varries widely. Most chemo had multiple parts, usually one part disarms your imune system while others attack the cancer in various ways.

      Radiatiion - This is probaly the third most used treatment, but there arre not various forms of radiation and various methods of applying it. It is designed to irridate the cancer and kill it with the radiation, but it can also affect nearby tissue.

      Cyber Knife - Is a sprcalized version of readiation that is more targeted to the cancer and tries to do less damage to surounding tissue.

      Radio Frequency Ablatiion; - A metal probe (essentally an antrenna) is inserted and radio waves are used to attack the tumor and kill it.

      Freezing - This is where the turmoe is literally frozen to death by application of a cold media.

      Proton Therapy - Is similar to radiation but uses protons not radiation.

      Hope this hepls you begin your conversations with you Drs. Good Luck

      over 7 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      As Peroll had stated, no one can truly know what options might be available to you without knowing your case. However, normal treatment protocol for this type of cancer is usually irradiation or surgery, and the choice narrows depending on the location. If it were posterior pharyngeal wall cancer then it could be either, or a combination of the two. Lateral is usually radiation. If it is surgery it could be a partial laryngopharyngectomy or a total laryngopharyngectomy. As stated, this all hinges on where yours is and how it is staged. The majority of hypopharyngeal lesions seem to originate in the pyriform sinus. So if this is your issue, radiation is preferred although again, it all depends on the severity of your case. I hope this gives you some insight, Carm RN.

      over 7 years ago
    • BLBragg's Avatar

      Hello! Welcome to this group. In one way I am happy you have found this site, in another I am sorry you have had to come here. Peroll covered a lot! It can be overwhelming. My husband was diagnosed with BOT (base of tongue) oropharyngeal cancer stage IV which spread to his lymph nodes. Our doctors were against surgery and gave him a treatment of 7 weeks of IMRT radiation and 6 weeks of chemotherapy. I learned that there are guidelines NCCN to be specific; The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, that doctors follow when determining treatment. Staging as I understand it, is concerned with how your doctor will predict your outcome after treatment. I think after all we have read and eperienced we have learned that not only is each patient different but each doctor has their own comfort level with treatment plans and success rates. At the end of the day, your doctors will determine treatment and you will then have to decide what you want to do. Selelct a team of specialists you are comfortable with and have faith in. Good luck and please feel free to contact me anytime.

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I don't know if it will help you or not, but I had Hodgkin Disease twice and had Radiation and Chemo both for those. And 4 yrs ago had a tonsil malignant, I had just Radiation and 2 surgeries to remove it.
      As the others have said each person is different and your doctor's idea about treating it will be different.
      Wishing you the best, keep us posted on what the plan turns out to be. We can describe the treatment for you that your doctor decides you need, and we can give you our experiences with it.

      over 7 years ago

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