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Dear Cancer Coach-I was diagnosed with a rare cancer (clear cell hidradenoma) in 2011.
Doctors wanted to immediately start aggressive chemotherapy, radiation, a
lymph note biopsy, even though the scans did not show the cancer had spread.
I asked many questions, which made the doctors uncomfortable. I saw another
oncologist for a second opinion; he took a Pet/CT scan, and did a complete
He said I did not need therapy treatment, just monitoring every year.
I eat well, exercise and feel fine. I found a lot of valuable
information on the Internet on cancer treatments, scans, staging, etc. which
has helped me a lot.
Patients diagnosed with cancer should first do research
on the type of cancer , treatment, etc. and have questions prepared before
they see their oncologist. And every newly diagnosed cancer patient should get a second opinion.
According to the wikipedia definition of Hidradenoma, your cancer is, by definition, benign. You did not need any of the therapies promoted by your oncologist. You were correct to want a thorough second opinion.
“Hidradenoma (also known as acrospiroma, from akral “peripheral” + spiroma “epithelial tumor of sweat gland”) refers to a benign adnexal tumor of the apical sweat gland. Another name for Hidradenoma is Cystadenoma and Hydrocystadenomas…”
Hidradenomas are by definition benign, with malignant transformation very rare. When tumors show malignant characteristics, they are known as hidradenocarcinoma. Surgical excision is usually curative and local recurrences are rare, although malignant tumors may metastasize.“
“After you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and your doctor has outlined your treatment, you may still have a nagging doubt: what if my doctor is wrong? No matter how much you like or trust your oncologist, it’s natural to wonder if something was missed or if a new treatment is available. If you have any doubts, get a second opinion…