Squamous Cell Carcinoma with Skull Invasion

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma with Skull Invasion

by Michelle_H_1 on Tue Oct 02, 2001 12:00 AM

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My Dad had throat cancer 3 years ago, he had his voice box removed and a week ago after 4 months of unbearable and unrelenting pain in the head that the doctors kept saying was nerve damage, they finally discovered a golf ball size tumor at the base of his skull eating at his jaw. The doctors here said to go home and die. We aren't giving up but we need other options. Is there anyone out there that can help?

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by JimiSue_J on Tue Oct 09, 2001 12:00 AM

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I suggest contacting Arkansas Cancer Research Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The staff there is wonderful, and I seriously doubt that you will get such advice as "go home and die". The staff there is just wonderful. I wish you all the best, my prayers are with you and your father. Sincerely, JimiSue

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by Cancercompass on Tue Oct 09, 2001 12:00 AM

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I assume that if you are looking for other options, you have sought a second or third opinion about your father's cancer. I encourage you to take two immediate actions: 1. Get nutritional support for your dad. Most likely, he will need a stomach tube to assist with adequate nourishment. Patients who have cancer in the throat and jaw area complain of tiring more easily at meal times. Combine that with altered saliva production and dental problems, and subsequent weight loss, and you are set up for the classic case of malnutrition. Since 40% of cancer patients die from malnutrition, you need to realize this is a real threat on your father's life. 2. Seek a second opinion from a medical doctor outside of your area. Perhaps palliative radiation can help to reduce tumor size and pain? If you need assistance locating an oncologist, you can contact the American Medical Association at www.ama-assn.org. You can search by doctor specialty. You can also call 1-888-816-2155 to see if Cancer Treatment Centers of America can help treat your father.
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