• Radiation Required?

    Asked by Sanjukta on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Radiation Required?

    My mother was diagnosied with Squamous cell carcinoma(lymph node) 2 months ago. The initial surgery is done and 57 lymph nodes have been removed from her left side neck through neck dissection. After the biopsy of the removed lymph nodes they found only 1 lymph node was cancerous. The primary is still unknown. Currently she has cold for more than a week and when we took her to the doctor they are saying to give raditaion in all over her neck and base of tounge. As the primary is unknown so they will give the whole neck., We are not sure and want some guidance in this further treatment.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had a similar treatment. I had SCC but my primary was found, right tonsil. I had the radical neck disection on right side followed by radiation treatments. That was 4.5 years ago. Doing pretty good these days except for the stiff neck from the surgery and radiation on the scar, and dry mouth, dental problems from the radiation.
      But I'll take it compared to the alternative.

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      And now they are even better with Radiation..more pin point with less harm to healthy tissue. Its painless but it does have side effects so make sure you discuss them and are prepared to help reduce them if she has some effects.

      over 7 years ago

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