shawn's Journey with Squamous Cell Carcinomas, Laryngeal a...

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

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 56, Stage IV

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    • shawn
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinomas...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Mask holding head/neck still was unnerving! Had to take sedatives daily to cope. Had bleeding, excess saliva and breathing issues during first round of radiation.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • shawn
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinomas...
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removed larynx and thyroid gland, created stoma. Neckbreather for rest of my life.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • shawn
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinomas...
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Occasional nausea

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • shawn
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinomas...
    over 4 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Had second 6 week course of radiation after having larynx removed. Bleeding caused blood clots that blocked my stoma.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • shawn
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinomas...
    over 4 years ago
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    Possible cancer in lung

    Oh No

    While running non-cancer related tests at hospital they found 2 spots on my lung. PET scheduled for 9/18 moved up to 8/31 they strongly suspect cancer and I should expect more/stronger chemo. It turns out to be lung cancer.

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    • shawn
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinomas...
    over 4 years ago
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    had prosthesis implanted allowing me to talk

    Procedure or Surgery

    I'm not thrilled with the voice quality or the sensation of talking but can talk!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • shawn
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinomas...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Side Effects

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

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