I really take exception to this comment of yours. It is simply untrue. I think microsurgery is a viable option; however, I do have a problem with doctors who needlessly funnel some patients in that direction by not telling them the truth and feeding them myths and half-truths.
They believe in their own trade both radio & surgical.
I would personally be very upset if after-the-fact I found out that a doctor had taken an option off the table that I may had otherwise chosen.
True, nobody can argue this!
As I have mentioned in many posts, I am not here to decide or tell an AN patient what to do. I am here as a fellow ANer and patient advocate.
I have received thank-yous from patients who otherwise would have not opted for radiotherapy. Therefore, I feel I am making a positive difference in the lives of some. That is what support groups are all about.
You may be making a positive difference but we shouldn't rush anyone to shut any doors too fast. There are pros and cons of each treatment and depending on numerous factors they should all be considered.
Our friend here from Aiea, HI, OTO, has an AN under 3cm and is leaning toward microsurgery. I support his decision 100%! I am not trying to persuade him to go the radiation route. He has received no email from me. I respect his decision.
No email from me either, I wouldn't do that. Decisions should be based upon research, patient & family preference and proper guidance from professionals and support groups combined.
Where I usually chime in is when I see erroneous information being told to patients by doctors, or when AN patients post incorrect statements concerning AN treatment and what they believe to be facts that in actuality are not. Since many people lurk and do not post, it is important that these errors are corrected.
Also, the idea that I lead patients to believe every surgery is a nightmare is totally bogus. We have many good outcomes posted here, and I am sincerely happy for all those who brave surgery and have good outcomes.
By the same token, I am not going to sugarcoat the fact that surgery is invasive and carries with it longer recovery times and more serious side effects. Like it or not, those are the indisputable facts.
There are short & long term effects from both treatments!
Everything I post, I back up or can back up with empirical data gathered from peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
Yes and all literature should be viewed with a critical eye
I do my best not to provide links to biased webpages or self-serving articles.
Me Too. But remember, if someone has a great deal of interest in House or another leading institution that does surgery then we should provide that information too.
The bottom line is that no option is right for everyone, but all options are right for some. We need to help our fellow ANers know the truth, so they can make their own darn choices.
One last thing, it hurts me to see anyone suffer, especially needlessly. Having an AN is bad enough. People have their reasons for making their choices, so I don't judge them if they make choices that I probably would not have made.
I agree except where you state "that I probably would not have made that choice" sometimes certain remarks become offensive.
My mission is not to steer patients into radiotherapy. It is to help them make objective treatment choices, to pray with them, to encourage them, to cry with them, but mostly to support them.
I respect that.
Steve, I hope we have reached some kind of an understanding here. Btw, I support YOUR choice to have surgery, and I am glad that it was successful for you. You have a valuable story to share, and it does add in a positive way to this community, especially for those who want to have surgery. Take care..
We both have only good intentions ...Take Care & Enjoy The Weekend!