ThickandQuick's Journey with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Patient: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 57, Stage IV

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    During this surgery, the doctor removed three lymph nodes from my neck and my left tonsil which is where the cancer started. The surgery went as expected and my healing process was excellent.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    I went through six weeks of radiation to my neck and throat on the left side. By the time I was done, I had lost almost 40 pounds and could barely eat anything. I did not get a feeding tube since I had radiation on one side and the doctors thought I could tolerate the therapy in that situation.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I took two strong treatments of Cis platinum while doing the radiation. The were given at the one and three week time slots.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    I was told that my Squamish cell carcinoma resonded well to Cis platinum treatment along with the radiation but after three months and a PET scan, they found multiple cancer spots in my chest. I have a couple on my back and one on a rib as well as several lymph nodes. There are also two spots on my lung. I have been devastated to think that my odds were so good to get this news.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    I have asked for a second opinion at MD Anderson in Houston

    Decision Point

    The down side to this is that I am currently receiving ten radiation treatments for my back which end on 1-7. I am then planning to travel to Houston to get a second opinion on the next steps for treatment. I am hoping and praying for some good news as I have received little over the past few weeks.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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