Hi, I Have noticed that many people do not like the option of radiation. My first diagnosis with stage I was in 1999, as was my first radiation.
I was diagnosed Stage IV in 2008 with mets to my spine, sacrum, ilium and my ribs. My vertebra was pushing up against my spinal cord and I was to the point of not walking because of the damage and pain. In addition to other treatments, I had radiation to my cervical, thoracic and the lumbar areas. It helped tremendously! This was during the first three months after the metastatic cancer had been found.
Last December I had radiation to my femur after finding out the cancer had spread there. The reduction in pain has been 80%.
I do know the biggest risk is a second cancer caused by the radiation. I am willing to take that risk because the pain was so bad. All treatments come with a risk.
My husband was a nuclear reactor operator on submarines in the navy, and then at a reactor for 5 years after the navy while in college. So maybe I have less fear because of his knowledge. But I guess I just don't give much thought to what it can do to me, just what it can do for me.
I am just curious as to why so many are against it.