No one here is saying that each person does not have the right to make their own decisions and I am in full agreement with you that each of us needs to be as best educated about our own situations to make the best well-informed decision that we can for ourselves. Many viewpoints are being presented, yes.. and in agreement with you, we support each and every decision that each person makes.
The stats are high that circumstances can arise if microsurgery is required post radio treatment. There are risks in having to take surrounding normal tissue that was initially untouched during radiotreatment. I can only hope that any of us that do choose radio as our treatment option do not have to run into the surgical approach should radio fail. To me, the risks of doing surgery post failed radio are higher instead of doing surgery from the initial decision onset. it's part of the radio-decision making process and I have faith in everyone to weigh out all pros and cons in doing the decision making process.
As we all know, there are risks with AN's, period, in how they are treated, regardless of what avenue one choises for their treatment choice. I do find it interesting that the medical community can differ in thoughts as it pertains to procedures, outcomes, etc. To me, regardless of a medical condition (AN or otherwise), we do have to research to the best of our abilities. No one is disputing what you say... I just find it interesting that different medical professionals can state different things and it's up to us, as well-informed patients, to decifer between it all and to do what is best for us.
No one is disputing you on it, Bruce...... ok?