woodcat's Journey with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Spouse/Partner: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Male, Age: 65, Stage III

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    • woodcat
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    initial trouble swallowing, felt like food was getting caught at the base of esophagus. Hiccups also while eating. CT scan showed thickening. Endoscopy showed tumor - invading about 2/3's of the esophagus. Further endoscopy with ultra sound showed stage 3 with lymph node activity in abdomen and chest cavity.

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    • woodcat
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • woodcat
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The radiation burns were fairly severe but recommended cream Miaderm helped tremendously along with constantly keeping the burn moistened with Lubraderm cream and Bag Balm. Appointment with dermatologist coming up - check for skin cancers. Radiation treatment was 5 days/week for 5 weeks. Radiation group in Watertown, NY were tremendous!

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • woodcat
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Weight loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, chemo brain Chemo duration was once per week for 5 weeks.

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    • woodcat
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Told that surgery was not an option and that there was no cure! Shocked!

    Decision Point

    Having a chemo port put in tomorrow and will start maintenance chemo on 11/29/2012 - every 2 weeks for probably the rest of his life.

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