Has anyone had an experience or heard of experiences of using Aldara internally as a topical treatment for anal lesions ?
I know nothing about the effectiveness of this on anal lesions. However, I will tell you what my experience was with anal condyloma (warts). Two years after my chemo/radiation, my colorectal doctor found 3 very small internal anal condyloma during an anoscope exam. She immediately scheduled me for surgical removal (anal fulguration). The lesions have remained gone since then, which was 2 1/2 years ago. She suggested to me that surgery was the only effective way to get rid of them and never mentioned using any type of creams, such as Aldera. There is another cream that starts with the letter "I" that I cannot remember the name of, but I knew someone who was being treated for anal lesions with it. However, I don't believe it was successful and that person was still having surgery to remove anal lesions on a frequent basis. If I can find the name of the stuff, I will post. However, I think the bottom line is this--no cream is really going to be effective, based on what my colorectal doctor told me.
Imiquimod is the name of the cream, but I am led to believe that this is just another name for Aldera. Like I said above, the person I knew who was being treated with this did not see success with it.
Yes Mp327 they are one in the same, my oncologist seems to think that it could possibly destroy something before it develops since I keep having growths removed in the O R it may prolong the next surgery, I have also been told it should boost your immune system to fight the cancer cells. I am meeting with another radiological oncologist this Fri, if they rule out radiation my doctor wants me to try this for 6 weeks. I was hoping someone on the board might have given this a spin, Since it is not fda approved internally I have some reservations
Please let us know what you find out on Friday. I am very interested in what the rad onc has to say.
I don't get it.....why are you still with these doctors?? and if you are in metro NY area, why not go to Sloan Kettering? Have you googled your doctors' publications in pubmed to check what they actually know about anal cancer? where did they go to school? residency? hosp admitting privileges? they sound so off the wall.....and it sounds as if you are prolonging your disease by sticking to these doctors' protocols....I would protect myself.
to follow up with my visit last week, the radiological oncologist recommended to hold off radiation and try the aldara, I will hopefully sstart that this week and let you know how it goes, @NYinTX I just want you to know I am at MSKCC, I'm confident in their plan and have seen several doctors there
Your treatment history has been brutal and I acannot make any sense of it for anal cancer......maybe somthing other is happening? Sloan Kettering still ranks in the top 5 but I would send my med rec to MDAAnderson radonc Dr. Minsky for evaluation.....costs little
Thanks, I will take this into consideration, I was not aware they would review your records via mail, is this where you were treated ?