Bill's Journey with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Survivor: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 13 years ago, Male, Age: 68, Stage IV

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

    Oh No

    Was totally surprised that I had been diagnosed with cancer and shocked to have been told that the most likely cause was tobacco smoke since I had not smoked a cigarette in over 30 years.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Experienced many of the horrible side effects of chemo (cisplatin) which took a toll on my body.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Th impact of radiation on my throat necessitated having to go on a feeding tube, dry mouth, salava gland problems, etc.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

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    • Bill
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    about 5 years ago
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    Saliva changes (thick saliva)

    Side Effects

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    about 5 years ago
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    Mouth dryness

    Side Effects

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    about 5 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

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    about 5 years ago
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    Side Effects

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    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

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    about 5 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    My Mom died at age 59 from emphysema caused by smoking Camel cigarettes most of her adult life. Although not a smoker, it appeared that I too would be a victim of tobacco smoke (second hand) and also not live to my 60th birthday. One of my regrets was that I had no grandchildren at the time. God, however, blessed me. I not only celebrated my 60th birthday, I got to hear my 2 1/2 year old Grandson Tru sing happy birthday to his Pop and high five my 1 1/2 year old Granddaughter Koey.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Loss

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    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

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