Thanks4Mayo's Journey with Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer

Survivor: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer > Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 66, Stage IVA

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    What I thought was a simple swollen neck gland from a cold, turned out to be a metastatic tumor.

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    As much as I read and talked with people and doctors, the onslaught of the cumulative impact of radiation was hard to deal with.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemo plus radiation, or just radiation?

    Decision Point

    For HPV+ squamous cell cancer, the info is really sketchy on the real positive impact (versus harm) adding chemo to the treatment regimen would have. Because it is part of the "standard prorocol" all the oncologists said I should have it, but the medical journals and studies of HPV+ painted a different picture.

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    5 year exam this week and cancer free!

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  7. 7
    about 4 years ago
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    Radiation Fibrosis

    Other Care

    After three years of physical therapy, acupuncture and meds, I have finally found some relief from the neck pain and stiffness from an Osteopath who has been working wonders by (relatively) simple massage and manipulation.

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  8. 8
    over 3 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Just had my two year check up, scan and scope - ALL CLEAR!!!! I am so fortunate. I'm dealing with radiation fibrosis and radiation-induced cataracts, but what a small price to pay to be here.

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  9. 9
    over 2 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Three year physical and scans reveal all clear! What a relief, and how grateful and appreciative I am to have this opportunity to have more time to get life right.

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