Map11's Journey with Invasive, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer > Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinoma > Invasive

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 73, Stage I

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    • Map11
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Cell ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Work problems

    Oh No

    Because I've been a smoker in excess of 50 years, I wasn't surprised altho disappointed and scared. I immediately wondered if I would be able to work while undergoing radiation treatment inasmuch as I do not have disability insurance.

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    • Map11
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Cell ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery to remove growth on vocal cord.

    Procedure or Surgery

    Cancerous growth was not entirely removed for fear it may have damaged voice box and I subsequently may not have had a voice.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Map11
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Cell ...
    about 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    (Submitted on June 24, 2013) The side effects came with pain ... the sore throat; the inability to swallow and eat (it hurt to even drink water to keep hydrated); been drinking a lot of Orgain for nutrition; couldn't take all of my daily meds. I developed a thick mucus which made me want to spit up a lot. Neck: 1st then 2nd degree burn which was helped by Aquaphor, saline soaks and Rx (Hydrocortisone) for the itch. Impact to Daily Life: Inasmuch as it is summer, I could not hide my burnt neck, which was a bit embarrassing because I was still working. I just took a medical leave from work. Last week of treatments: I lost my voice - it became very raspy.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Map11
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Cell ...
    about 4 years ago
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    Mouth dryness

    Side Effects

    See External Radiation for additional side effects.

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