pahiii'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: almost 7 years ago, Male, Age: 56, Stage III

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    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Cell...
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The worst aspect of the radiation was that my tongue actually ruptured, putting me into the hospital and onto a pain medication drip for 29 days.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was very sick and couldn't eat. I lost 85 lbs in 45 days. I was originally supposed to have 3 courses of Cisplatin and after the second, the doctors had to stop because they were concerned that I would die from the therapy.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a feeding tube inserted in my stomach. I had an IV port inserted in my chest. Then after the chemo and radiation, I had a neck dissection to remove the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    I know that overall I am lucky to have my life, yet the radiation treatment cost me a lovely baritone singing voice. I can't sing at all now. My speaking voice is still strong. I'll just never sing in a choir or perform musical theatre again. I guess it's a good think that I didn't pursue voice in college and instead got a BS and and MBA. All things work out in the end. :)

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    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I'm cancer free, got a new job, a new home a new life and during my illness my family and friends demonstrated to me how loved I am. I am grateful for my cancer! I have a much richer now on this side of my illness.

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