Newly Diagnosed

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Newly Diagnosed

by Cortni on Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:35 AM

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So today the oncologist confirmed the fear I've had the last few weeks, SCC that she suspects started in my tonsil. I noticed a swollen lymph node in my left neck in May. I saw my Primary care doctor who referred me to an ENT. The ENT examed me and wasn't too concerned, started me on antibiotics and scheduled a 6 week follow up. No change after antibiotics. I returned for my 6 week f/u and was told I needed a tonsillectomy and lymph node removal but was also sent for a Cat Scan of my neck. After reading my Cat Scan results and seeing that the node was suspicious looking I decided I wanted to go to MD Anderson for a second opinion. I was seen by the oncologist there and had a FNA scheduled for yesterday. She called with my results today. SCC, still waiting to see if it is HPV positive. I knew in my gut that this was what it was as I had a second lymph node come up on my opposite side. My next step is to be scheduled with ENT and radiation oncology at MD Anderson. I am just terrified. I am only 34 and am the mother to 2 young kids. Any insight or information about what to expect or treatments options would be greatly appreciated. This is so scary. 

Thank you in advance for your responses and God Bless you all. 

RE: Newly Diagnosed

by Winner13 on Mon Sep 07, 2015 04:33 PM

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I was diagnosed with stage 3 tonsil cancer in June 2013. I went thru chemo and radiation, no surgery. It's been 2 years since treatment and all is well. No real side effects to mention. Stay encouraged, this will pass.

RE: Newly Diagnosed

by chef06 on Thu Sep 24, 2015 01:01 AM

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hi i just found out same thing i go to dentist hospital friday for check up then meet radiotherapist next week.please feel free to chat to me it would probably help both of us  

RE: Newly Diagnosed

by LauraJohn on Mon Oct 19, 2015 02:47 PM

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How are your treatments going? You're so young and pray that this goes well. I bet your youth is on your side. 

My husband was diagnosed in late August and started his radiation on Oct 8th and Chemo on Oct 12th. Not able to have surgery. He is stage 4a in his tonsil, on jaw, soft pallete, and 3 lymph nodes on one side. He felt horrible even before treatments. he is HPV positive, which is a blessing, but also a smoker. 

Hope you have a good support team as well care taker. Keep us posted.

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