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    HONDO asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    CELL ACTIVITY

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      LiveWithCancer

      I agree, Hondo. I think your oncologist is the best person to answer the question. Best of luck!

      about 2 years ago
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      lilymadeline

      Please ask your oncologist to explain what is going on with your husband! It’s more than just words and medical terms, you need to have his entire situation explained more clearly. Good luck and please keep us posted. God bless!

      about 2 years ago
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      HONDO

      this information came from a pulmonary specialist. My husband doesn't see his oncologist until Jan. 9th. The Holidays have put a dent in dr.'s scheduling appt.'s. I've just had this on my mind and I didn't go with my husband to the appointment with the pulmonary specialist so I wasn't there to ask these questions. Just wishing for a little more knowledge.

      about 2 years ago
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    has anyone with head and neck cancer had it to spread to the lungs?

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      fitzy317

      Dont know the answers. Actually looking for some myself. Just diagnosed with malignant cancer of lymph nodes in the neck yesterday. Getting PET scan this Friday to see where it came from and where it is. Surgery in a couple of weeks to bet a better biopsy. Xray said lung was clear but I guess PET will tell more.

      about 2 years ago
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      The dr.'s seemed concerned because of the cell activity which is 10 on one spot and 14 on the other. I don't understand that one but the dr. told us the activity that determines the need for a biopsy is 2. Is anyone familiar with cell activity and the meaning?

      about 2 years ago
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      meyati

      There are 2 ways the cancer goes to the lungs. It can travel through the blood, but people with it in the nose-sinus cells drip directly into the lungs with nasal fluid. That's why the doctor is talking about the cell activity. The cell activity count has to be how fast it's multiplying, but each type of cancer has it's own rates. I bet they're asking or asked you about coughing. I do know that I had a speed track from biopsy to treatment, and it would have been quicker if I didn't have that lousy doctor that I refused to return to.

      about 2 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      I had a similar cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, (tonsil) I also had lymph nodes involved in my neck, and the primary tonsil that was malignant. I had the lymph nodes removed by radical neck disection, and the tonsil taken out with margins removed around the tonsil. After radiation I was done. That was 4 years ago and I am still holding clean at each return visit. So I think the chances are very good for him too to be in the same condition.

      almost 4 years ago
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      BLBragg

      My husband had squamous cell carcinoma base of tongue that spead to his lymph node. No surgery. The IMRT radiation and chemotherapy seemed to have taken care of the lymph node. Last PET scan showed only necrotic tissue. He is almost 2 yrs post treatment and so far still cancer free. Keep positive thoughts!

      almost 4 years ago
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      My husband had the same story. Base of tongue and 2 lymph nodes on the same side. The lymph nodes were removed (that is how they diagnosed it) and then further procedures determined the base of the tongue was primary site. He was diagnosed on 10/1 and did not start radiation and Erbitux until 5 or 6 weeks later. The waiting is a killer but the experts say the chemo augments the radiation so they need to be given together. And it takes a few weeks to get things in order for radiation. Meanwhile would recommend he go to a dentist to get any dental work out of the way. And get the book:" Destination Cancer Free: Navigating the Challenges of Head and Neck Cancer"- great book and I wish I would have found it sooner in our journey. It will explain what is ahead and what questions to ask.
      I am happy to report that my husband learned on Thursday his PET scan was clean-no signs of cancer. From what I understand, he will be monitored very closely over the next few years. Hope this helps and best wishes to you and your husband.

      almost 4 years ago