• My dad has throat cancer. he went through radiation, Needs another surgery since cancer has reoccurred. We don't believe he can take it.

    Asked by makssoud on Monday, August 13, 2012

    My dad has throat cancer. he went through radiation, Needs another surgery since cancer has reoccurred. We don't believe he can take it.

    What should we do? They are scaring us that he'll choke to death. They told us the same story before radiation and said it was curable. But he got worse. Can anyone help? has anyone been through this experience?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I had two surgerys on my throat, I now have scar tissue in my throat that makes it difficult to swallow. I had a malignant tonsil that was cut out, then they decided I should have another surgery to take out more margins around the tonsil site about a month later. Then a radical neck disection on R side of neck. Then Radiation. I have had a few scares with getting choked, but it is something I got used to. I have to swallow things a little different, and I try to eat mostly soft, liquidy foods.

      You will have to be the judge of course as to whether or not to have the surgery, the only other option doesn't seem to good. My mom and dad both died from cancer, I tried to steer them towards what ever would make them comfortable. Both were considered "uncurable"

      Did they tell you he would choke? If so, from what, the tumor, or from the treatments/surgery?

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      Can you get a second opinion? That might help you make this difficult decision. God bless him & your family.

      over 4 years ago

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