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Radiation-different treatment plans
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02/24/12 17:18
cureall 
02/24/12 17:18
cureall 
Re: Radiation-different treatment plans

So YMMV from what anyone says.
What does YMMV mean?

02/24/12 19:07
spanishbuddha 

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02/24/12 19:07
spanishbuddha 

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Re: Radiation-different treatment plans

cureall:
So YMMV from what anyone says.
What does YMMV mean?
Apologies, YMMV is one of those Internet forum sayings: your mileage might vary! Different outcomes for different people.

02/24/12 19:15
spanishbuddha 

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02/24/12 19:15
spanishbuddha 

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Re: Radiation-different treatment plans

To answer your predicament, if your hands have soreness, are changing on an almost monthly basis, and you want to avoid the progression to contracture because you use your hands, for work, sport, music, craft, or just do, then you could consider RT as a preventative. The drawback, apart from costs, travel, risks, is that the RT may not help or you may not have progressed to contracture anyway! If you do leave it and get some contracture, the treatments for slight contracture have a good success outcome, but there's alwaysthee chance it will contract again. You could then consider RT after having fingers straightened or move on and have surgery. But there's no guarantees with any of this, of course. Difficult decisions, do the reading and research and make your own mind up.

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02/24/12 19:49
cureall 
02/24/12 19:49
cureall 
Re: Radiation-different treatment plans

yes, it's quite a grey area...You just hate to spend 5K or more if it doesn't work or if it's not needed. Then again, it could work...it's not fun, overall...

cureall

02/26/12 05:01
flojo 
02/26/12 05:01
flojo 
Re: Radiation-different treatment plans

RT stopped the progression of the numerous nodules in the treated area of my right hand. 2 years later, I have had nodules develop outside the radiated area but they are not as rampant as it was at first. I had NA done twice to release contracture when it got to about 20 degrees. I had the first NA done before I had RT in 2009. I had the 2nd NA done last summer, 2 1/2 years later. I'll have NA done every year if necessary to nip contracture early. It is easier when there is very little contracture. It was helpful for me to have NA done first because in having RT my hand needed to lie as flat as possible for RT.

Yes, it is different for every hand. The disease in each of hands is very different. I am almost at that "Should I do it or wait". I will get RT for my left hand if it gets to that point. I'd hate to think what my left hand would be like if I had not had RT.

Just so you know, it's not an easy decision to make, and nobody can make it for you. The Forum is here for you and interested in hearing how it goes.

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