margaret's Journey with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Survivor: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 60, Stage II

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    • margaret
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    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had thyroid and parathyroid cancer which spread to the largyneal nerve. It was found during an emergency visit after I was having dizziness while drive and hypercalcimia which was misdiagnosed as astma by my primary doctor. I under went a series of test and had two surgery. One to remove the cancer which paralyzed my voice box and left me without speech. The other after iodine radiation treatments and speech therapy which didnt work 100%. So on December 6, 2011 I had my last surgery at UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center and recieved a prothesis of silicon to the left side of my voice box and my speech return because im a teacher and my voice is my livelihood. The only setback is I use to sing in the chior as a soprano, now I don't have the ability to hold notes and sing and I have vitamin D sufficient due to the length of time the tumors were there. But God is good and im doing fine been benign for 9 months now.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • margaret
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    about 5 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    I couldnt work because I couldnt be around pregnant women or children during radiation treatments and my hair has not grown fully back but I have my life so thats a small price to pay.

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I had hair loss and weakness change in appetite too. I also still have hair loss but on a good note it caused me to change my diet in a positive way so all the side effects weren't bad.

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    • margaret
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    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I am cancer free and went back to doing most of my routine activities including work still can't rejoin the chior though but I am blessed.

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    • margaret
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    hair and the full use of my voice

    Loss

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    • margaret
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    Don't know what you mean exactly.

    Decision Point

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    • margaret
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    Hospitalization

    Other Care

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