Help, info, advice please

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Help, info, advice please

by Prayingforcures on Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:35 AM

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Hi, my brother has a tumor in his right maxillary sinuses. I've posted on the colon board as he had stage 4 crc 4 years ago and they are saying this is metastatic from there. However it is extremely rare to return in that location, so I'm searching for help everywhere. Have any of you or your loved ones experienced sinus cancer from an original colon cancer? If so, what was the treatment, was it successful? He is going to a cancer center in Kansas City, as they treated him successfully before, but wondering if he should go to Texas to MD Anderson or somewhere else since this is so rare. He has already started radiation in hopes to reduce the horrible pain and will be starting chemo pills soon. He doesn't feel he has time to get another opinion even though he's curious. Thanks for any info in advance!

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by Sdurnell on Mon Aug 28, 2017 04:26 AM

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If his cancer is a met from colon cancer, it would not be head and neck cancer.  I have not heard of anyone with a met there, but I guess anything's possible.

Has it been biopsied?  If so, it should be easy to determine whether it is a new cancer or a met from his old one.  Head and neck cancers are usually squamous cell carcinoma.  If he has this, it's likely a new one, unrelated to his previous tumor.  And while head and neck cancers are usually treated with radiation, the chemo is usually done by infusion, not pills.

It would be helpful if you can get more information on his specific diagnosis.  Many of us with head and neck cancers have been successfully treated and even cured, especially when the tumors have been found to be HPV related.  Even when it's spread to the lymph nodes, it can often be cured.  

Best of luck to both of you.

Susan

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by Prayingforcures on Mon Aug 28, 2017 01:13 PM

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Thank you for the reply! Yes, he had had a biopsy that confirmed it was a met from colon. The pills are only to get him through radiation, and then he will switch to infusion. I know it's not head/neck, it's colon cancer, but was hoping for any input as I didn't get a response on the colon board. I will try that again. I wish you all the best!

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by augustus on Mon Aug 28, 2017 02:41 PM

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I was treated at MD Anderson and would recommend a second opinion there, Couldn't hurt. It is an amazing place. 

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