88 yr old Dad diagnosed yesterday

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88 yr old Dad diagnosed yesterday

by AzIDhm on Wed Apr 19, 2017 02:07 PM

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My father was diagnosed with Squamish Cell Carcinoma yesterday. He is 88 years old and lives alone. I was with him for the diagnosis and will be helping him through his treatment. He is facing chemo and radiation treatments, we don't know much more right now, he still has to have a CT scan to see if the cancer has spread beyond his tongue and lower gum/jaw. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to prepare him for this treatment?

RE: 88 yr old Dad diagnosed yesterday

by Mark06074 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 08:32 PM

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I am going to be brutally honest - if your dad has the same chemo (Cisplatin) and radiation (36 on head & neck) many of us have had - it's going to be rough at his age.  It was tough for me and I was 52.

The good news is - if it's HPV related it's VERY curable.

Mine had spread to lymphnodes as many others here did.

Is it HPV related do you know?

Best of luck to dad!!

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