wiseowl13'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 7 years ago, Male, Age: 64, Stage IV

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    • wiseowl13
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    about 5 years ago
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    primary diagnosis was my tonsils needed to be removed

    Other Care

    Very p o''d to find out a certified doctor of oct. would rashly determine my tonsils needed to be removed without reading the ct scan that clearly showed the 5 cm mass that was later misdiagnosed again on the same systems pathology department as not being cancer or of concern. Second opinion saved me here. Plus wise consul from my daughter (a physician).

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    got correct diagnosis from second consult

    Celebration

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    about 5 years ago
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    biopsy confirming actual stage four cancer in my tonsil

    Procedure or Surgery

    surgical procedure but established no doubt about what we were dealing with

    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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    really no decision to be made, either get started beating this or start packing for the hereafter

    Decision Point

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    Nausea medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    chemo catches up to you depending on the regime you get due to the body conditions your blood and other analysis show your chemo doctor, I had a good one, I also had kidney concerns which dictated my regime that would be used. After three weeks I started getting dragged down by its effects. It was a bear.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The radiation was the cooking of the cancer in my tonsils on a daily basis. Strapped to a table and radiated daily for seven weeks left me scarred and burnt like alligator skin on my neck. Fried my salivary system which is not totally back yet after two years and left me with no desire to eat anything. weight loss of forty lbs over a seven week run. From a picture of health to a death camp survivor appearance. No complaints now, I am ALIVE.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    Other

    Side Effects

    You can go down the list here and probably experience some of them all at one time or the other. My biggest was the salivary, dental,fatigue, weight loss (had to get the peg tube to make it, and glad I took that advice from the beginning) and in the final weeks constipation due to my own not monitoring my movements. By far the largest side effect is the psychological preparation you must do on your own to get through all this.

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    about 5 years ago
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    • wiseowl13
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    three needle biopsy by staff of misdiagnosed other care

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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