Glenn's Journey with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Survivor: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Male, Age: 54, Stage IV

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    • Glenn
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I always had a reasonable relationship with cancer - it wasn't active in my life (but in the life of a few family and friends) and I wasn't all to active in cancer-related issues, but in September 2011 - our relationship changed. I was diagnosed with Head and Neck Cancer originating the the base of my tongue. The Oh No occurred a few days after the diagnosis - as I was a little loopy from the meds administered during the lymph node excision and the tonsillectomy, when I actually heard the words - "cancer"

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    about 5 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    The IV Port wasn't a big deal - and quite frankly, I can barely recall the pain associated with the lymph node excision and the tonsillectory. The feeding tube surgery was rather uneventful physically, but it served as a reminder of a challenge awaiting me.

    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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    about 5 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    To tell you the truth, I was more scared of the side effects than the existence of cancer. My side effects were numerous - and varied in the severity - everything from dry mouth, to weight loss, to mucosis, to being unable to speak for 2 1/2 months.

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    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Early on, radiation was a piece of cake, but as I continued through the 35 treatments, again, I say yikes.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo was easy in terms of the administration of the drug - but the side effects...yikes

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Glenn
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    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I found, and I encourage others to do the same, celebrate each and every positive step that you make during treatment, and following treatment - walking a little further, that first slide of pizza, that first kiss with your wife, that first business trip. All accomplishments are signs of normalcy, sometimes a new normalcy.

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