lovinglife7036's Journey with Invasive, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Survivor: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer > Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinoma > Invasive

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 9 years ago, Male, Age: 67

  1. 1
    about 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Fear of unknown

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  2. 2
    about 6 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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  3. 3
    about 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I went thru Chemo fairly good untill my kidneys statred shuting down then we had to flush out the kidneys everyday once that was done we changed to another chemo which had some other side effects

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The radiation treatment was not painful but the side effects were different my throat got to the point swallowing was painful eating real food was impossable very painful but we got thru it

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 5
    about 6 years ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    I had mouth sores,problems with nail beds on hands and feet, confusion, chemo brain is real,dry mouth and still to this day dry mouth, taste change, constipation, weight loss

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  6. 6
    about 6 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Last day of Radiation and Chemo Very Very Happy

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  7. 7
    about 6 years ago
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    Job

    Loss

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

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  8. 8
    about 6 years ago
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    Hospitalization

    Other Care

    Got fever and Doc put me in hospital stayed there for almost 3 weeks and finished my Radiation and Chemo while i was there

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  9. 9
    almost 6 years ago
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    Radiation

    When i went for my fitting for my mask i thought this might be ok, once they put the mask on and screwed it down i said to myself my oh no, then they told me you can not move your head as long as you are screwed down,yikes!!! Now i have a hard time sitting for 5 min without moving,I said God what am i going to do? i heard a voice that said talk to me.I knew that voice it was the spirit of God,so every treatment 2 times a day for 30 min each time times 66 treatments i spoke to God and he calmed my fears and my restlessness. Yes the treatments do make it difficult to swallow,there were times i wished i did not have to swallow. I had to tell myself that each treatment is one treatment closer to the last treatment. I lost a lot of weight with my cancer,almost 75 pounds and the mask got so loose i could move my head with no resistance. I started moving my head they the techs reminded me to not move and hold still.I hope that this helps some of you to calm your uneasyness about the mask and radiation.God Bless you all.

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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