GregP_WN's Journey:

Patient: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer > Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinomas

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 1 year ago, Male, Age: 60, Stage I

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    • GregP_WN
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    about 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    A detailed scope and biopsy of tissue in my throat

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • GregP_WN
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    5 months ago
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    A needle biopsy to see how the initial base is for the tumor after the first injection of the trial drug.

    Procedure or Surgery

    I've had three needle biopsies throughout this 32 years of fighting cancer. The first two were painful but tolerable, this one was basically the same. The only difference was this doctor gave me a few injections of lidocaine first to numb the tumor before sticking the large hollow core needle into it to get the tissue samples. That helped a great deal until he decided he needed to go deeper into the tumor to be sure to get enough tissue. Wow, it got painful quick, but still, I've had worse things done throughout the cancer marathon.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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