packerbacker's Journey:

Patient: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 52, Stage Recurrent

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Last summer, I had severe left ear pain and swallowing difficulties, biopsy revealed a tumor at the base of the tongue (cancer) with 1 lymph node involved. I underwent chemo and radiation through mid December of 2011. A follow-up PET scan in April, 2012 revealed a new nodule in my lung. Wedge resection showed squamous cell cancer similar to the tongue cancer. One doc says mets (surgeon) and the other has more test results pending (chemo doc). After surgery for the biopsy, I developed pneumonia. I'm still recovering from the surgery ( 2 chest tubes) and pneumonia (home IVs). The chemo doc wants to start a new round of 3 chemo drugs on 7/27/12. My husband wants me to wait until I'm stronger, because supposedly everything is removed that is cancerous. I have a very strong family history of cancer and, given my track record thus far, I say do the chemo and let's make sure we've got it all. Reading the info on the side effects, I'm a little nervous. I came out okay after the first chemo and radiation treatments (not very bad side effects), so maybe it will be okay this time, too!

  2. 2
    about 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have almost constant nausea, generalized aches and pains, and extreme fatigue, which make daily functioning a challenge at times. It isn't as bad as it could be, but it still sucks.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
  3. 3
    almost 4 years ago
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    Oh No

    Well, my husband and I had the understanding that I had lung cancer with mets to the bone. My recheck after chemo revealed 6 new lesions: 3 on my lung, 1 on my tongue, where it all started, an adrenal gland, and a lymph node. A biopsy done 12/11/12 has revealed that this is probably a sarcoma, a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor. A tumor of the soft tissue, not squamous cell like was originally thought. I see a specialist in sarcomas on 12/27/12 to see what comes next regarding treatment. Nervous about a whole new set of side effects and the unknown. Luckily, I should be able to be treated at the Cancer Center where I have been going since last year. We shall see what 2013 brings!

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