May 26, 2012 - 8:18 pm
I am really confused about the need for chemo/radiation therapy before surgery. I am quite happy to go with the Chemo, which I am to begin in 4 days, but I am really having problems with the radiation therapy. To me it seems an unnecessary process, as the surgery will remove all of the known tumor and the surrounding lymph nodes and esophagus and stomach, so why make a mess of the area with the radiation, just to take it out later.
I have already put off an appointment with the radiotherapist, as I really do not want to do radiotherapy. I have a very real aversion to it. I do however have another appointment on the 5th June, so would like to get as much information as possible prior to then.
I now a lot of people on here have gone the chemo/radiation road prior to surgery, and was wondering what their thoughts were on this. To me it seems to be placing a great deal of stress on my body prior to surgery. Only to have the very same area cut out during surgery. I have heard that it can make a mess of the site, and be painful with eating etc. prior to surgery.
I would love to have some input from people who have been down this road, and how they found the treatment.