Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Deciding on your Treament Plan

You must realize that you do have a decision. There is more than one way that you can treat oral cancer. In some cases, the choices may not all be there. I am sure that in extreme cases there may be only one choice. It is up to each individual to explore any options and make an educated decision. One thing I have learned, is each Doctor is bias towards his or her own field. I talked to four different ENTs and 4 different Oncologists. They all sided with their respective field as to what the proper treatment should be.

You must interview each doctor closely. Each time I met with a new Doctor, my minimum time was 1 hour. A lot of them lasted up to two hours. I dissected everything the told me and asked all kinds of questions. What I did not think of, the person who was with me did. It is this kind of information you need to acquire not only to make a rational decision, it is also needed to make a decision you can be comfortable with.

In my case, I chose to opt for Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment without surgery. The reason for this was based on two simple reasons. The first was, both surgeons and oncologist agree that radiation and chemo could take care of the cancer. The conflict was their percentages on success. The second was the quality of life. Both did agree and this would be affected by surgery. The difference here was how they viewed that quality.

My Aunt commented this in an earlier post, "Isn't it amazing in this day and age, how much is still left to each individual to determine what is the best course of treatment." She concludes her comments by saying, " the patent's responsibility to be sure all is done in his or her own best interest."

I could not have said it better myself!

I have read of a new early screening test which is cool. No needles, no brush till you bleed or anything of the sort. 100% non invasive. Is it called Vizilite.

The ViziLite Plus exam can help your dentist or hygienist identify abnormal tissue, that might develop into oral cancer. An annual ViziLite Plus exam, in combination with a regular visual examination, provides a comprehensive oral screening procedure for patients at increased risk for oral cancer.

The ViziLite Plus exam is painless and fast, and could help save your life. ViziLite Plus is performed immediately following a regular visual examination
First, you will be instructed to rinse with a cleansing solution
Next, the overhead lighting will be dimmed.
Then, your dental professional will examine your mouth using ViziLite Plus, a specially designed light technology.

They just need to provide more documentation to be approved by the ADA. Makes me wonder why they have not do so after a year has gone by. ?????