Nov 04, 2012 - 8:38 pm
Ok, just to recap I'm SCC BOT Stage 1 w/n2c. Just finished Induction round 2 and all pain, swelling and visual (throat scope) of tumor negative.
So, the gold standard treatment is (if no surgery) Induction Chemo followed by 35 RADs w/wo more chemo. So, here's my question, surely there have been other protocols tested. Where in the world would you go to find them. For instance, what was the result if they did 20 rads? 10% recurrence 20%, 5% ? Surely it's been tried. Has there ever been a chemo only study?
My point is, it's easy to accept the "scorched earth" (or scorched throat in this case) treatment since it has great results. But surely there are choices.