Treatment starts today

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Treatment starts today

by reissens on Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:11 AM

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I have my first treatment today for stage IVa tonsil cancer..  radiation first..then chemo.. getting nervous..I know the road ahead is going to be rough...trying to keep it together for my wife and kids... life has been on hold since the terrible word cancer came into our lives. Was 6/14/17..  since then...sx and doctor visits all leading up to today... terrible thing is the cancer has become very aggressive and tumor has grown in 2 weeks.. my RO could not believe it.. my ENT was in shock .. but gonna get this started.  I chose hope.

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by soonermom on Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:19 AM

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My husband had the same diagnosis.  Stay strong! He also had evidence of disease progression like you are.  After enduring treatment, we got the good news he had no evidence of disease 12 weeks after treatment ended.  He is back to work and taking two trips next month.  You have to keep a positive attitude.  You might be in for a bumpy time in the next few months but hang on, there are better days ahead.  The first day of treatment is your first step to a cure!  

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by reissens on Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:38 AM

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Thank you for those kind words...thats the goal at the end of this NED!!! 

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by Marmaduke on Wed Aug 16, 2017 03:21 PM

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I had BOT (base of tongue) cancer stage IV diagnosed in May '15. I'm still here but it's been a rough road for sure. Stay strong and never give up. You got this! Donna

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by TIG2016 on Wed Aug 16, 2017 03:24 PM

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Good Luck and hang in there

Come to the board for any questions when you need to do so and there will always be people who have been where you are that will be able to help

God Bless

TIG

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by reissens on Wed Aug 16, 2017 08:16 PM

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On Aug 16, 2017 11:11 AM reissens wrote:

I have my first treatment today for stage IVa tonsil cancer..  radiation first..then chemo.. getting nervous..I know the road ahead is going to be rough...trying to keep it together for my wife and kids... life has been on hold since the terrible word cancer came into our lives. Was 6/14/17..  since then...sx and doctor visits all leading up to today... terrible thing is the cancer has become very aggressive and tumor has grown in 2 weeks.. my RO could not believe it.. my ENT was in shock .. but gonna get this started.  I chose hope.

Ok ...first day in the books....  7 1/2 more weeks of rad/chemo...  but first is done

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by augustus on Wed Aug 16, 2017 09:41 PM

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Yay! Each day is the most important. That is the main thing I learned when I went through it 3 years ago. Mine was also stage 4 and I am working and doing well today. You've got this.

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by twinsis48 on Thu Aug 17, 2017 03:38 PM

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My husband was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer early January. He has kept a positive attitude through it all and is doing very well. Liver now clear and tumor on pancreas microscopic. Tumor marker almost normal. Keep praying and stay strong. You can beat this.

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by Carol54 on Thu Aug 17, 2017 04:17 PM

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We are in exactly the same boat. Joe was diagnosed on 9 th June and this is his second week of treatment. All good wishes for you in the weeks ahead. Our new mantra is one day at a time.

Carol 

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by Sdurnell on Thu Aug 17, 2017 06:32 PM

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On Aug 16, 2017 8:16 PM reissens wrote:

On Aug 16, 2017 11:11 AM reissens wrote:

I have my first treatment today for stage IVa tonsil cancer..  radiation first..then chemo.. getting nervous..I know the road ahead is going to be rough...trying to keep it together for my wife and kids... life has been on hold since the terrible word cancer came into our lives. Was 6/14/17..  since then...sx and doctor visits all leading up to today... terrible thing is the cancer has become very aggressive and tumor has grown in 2 weeks.. my RO could not believe it.. my ENT was in shock .. but gonna get this started.  I chose hope.

Ok ...first day in the books....  7 1/2 more weeks of rad/chemo...  but first is done

Well done.  And you are getting lots of good support and advice here already.

Your attitude and clearheadedness in the face of what you know to be a serious diagnosis and a nasty treatment are commendable.  As the days add up, it may help to find someone you can confide in, if not your family then maybe a close friend or clergy person.  You are trying to stay strong for everyone else, but it's you who will living this.

So, if nothing else, come here to ask, wonder, rant, whatever.  No matter what, you are quite likely to find someone(s) who understands exactly what you are going through, and that can be a great comfort.  Nobody gets it like someone who's been there.

I am well over six years out from stage III throat cancer, no primary found.  Did the surgery and radiation, but not chemo.  It was bad, but it gets better, and I am now able to do whatever I like.

All the best,

Susan

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