Could you, please, make these issues less confusing for me?
I’m trying to map a cancer therapy qustionnaire.
There are some options: chemo-, hormone-, immuno-, photochemo-, radiotherapy, targeted therapy and surgery,
and also five types for each option: Primary, Concurrent, Adjuvant, Neoadjuvant, Palliative.
There are some questions:
- Adjuvant chemo. No such concept - only “post-operative”. But, I think, “post-operative” is a subset of “adjuvant”.
An administration of chemo after radiation therapy is not “post-operative”. How can it be mapped?
- Palliative chemo. No such concept. There are concepts for palliative radiotherapy, palliative debulking. The latter is a surgery procedure. Can we swap “Palliative chemo” and “Palliative care”?
- Hormone therapy - there are no concepts at all for this option. How can it be mapped?
- Adjuvant radiotherapy and Neoadj radiotherapy. There a only concepts of “post-operative” and “pre-operative” radiotherapy. But we should take into account that for Hodgkin lymphoma radiotherapy is frequently given after chemo.
And radiotherapy can also be given before chemo.