Dragon1313'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 8 years ago, Male, Age: 64, Stage IV

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    about 5 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Squamous cell carcinoma had spread to lymph node below jawbone. Except for enlarged node, no other physical symptoms.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Second opinion.

    Decision Point

    After visiting local oncology offices, I opted for a second opinion. I sought that opinion at the Winship Cancer facility in Atlanta. After a visit to see Dr. William Grist, I received the best news to date. Even though the stage four diagnosis was confirmed, I was informed that the cause of my non-smoking throat cancer was a development from HPV virus, and to date the cure rate was 100%. Dr. Grist prescribed chemo and radiation treatments (somewhat less dramatic than local offices), and local offices carried out his advised approach.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Hearing loss, compromised thyroid, dryness of mouth.

    Side Effects

    My advise prior to chemo or radiation, have a complete physical, blood work including TSH levels, a baseline hearing test, and a dental checkup. Throat radiation may cause thyroid malfunction and dry mouth might occur causing dental problems (note, there are Rx's that may help preserve salivary glands). Some chemo medicines may cause hearing loss (report to doctor immediately if hearing changes, doses may be reduced).

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