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    Phil, Most of us have radiation and chemo both.  But it depends on the staging of your cancer, how it presents, whether you have surgery and what kind, biopsy and pathology results, and other factors.  Staging has also quite recently changed, so it's good you give us the details of your case.  Those of us who had cancer in the past will understand that better, as our staging was very different (hardly...

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      ARF, I am not familiar with this cancer, but I can tell you a bit about radiation for head and neck cancers andwhat to expect.  First of all, the effects of radiation are almost always far worse than those of chemo.  Even with the platinum-based chemo drugs most people do OK.  Their big scary side effect is hearing loss, so if you go with this be sure to have your hearing tested before starting and af...

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        Congratulations on the good report! And kudos to you for getting off tobacco for good.  Be sure to use anything you can find that may help you, and keep your doctor updated in how well you are doing.  A doctor can be a real help with this. Susan

        Saturday at 4:48 AM view post
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          Tracy, First, I had throat cancer, not tongue, so my experience was different, but I have been on this site long enough to know that there are lots of similarities as well. And congratulations to your husband on regaining that much weight while on the feeding tube.  I was not able to do it until I could eat by mouth, but I did get so I could maintain what I had. I will not advise one way or another.  Mos...

          March 14 at 9:43 PM view post
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            Just, I hope that the appointment today will help you realize that you can go on that trip, as long as it's not a really long one anyway.  Either the doctor can reassure that you are basically OK, or you can get a referral to an ENT to check further.  As long as the trip is not too long, you should be fine to go, whether or not you may have cancer. One thing you have going for you is that antibiotics have...

            March 14 at 7:45 AM view post
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              Atoosa, No need to panic.  You are doing exactly the right thing in going to the doctor as soon as you can.  An enlarged tonsil can be a sign of cancer, but it can also be something else and usually is.  Your doctor can inspect it and refer you to an ENT if s/he feels you need further evaluation.  Throat/tonsil cancer can present in different ways, with or without pain or other symptoms. Best of...

              March 14 at 7:39 AM view post
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                Maura, First of all, nearly all recurrences happen within the first two years.  In fact, my ENT/neck surgeon told me I was cured after two years.  But my radiation oncologist insisted I be monitored for five. He will be able to live a "new normal" life if his treatment is successful, which most are.  If his tumors are HPV related, his chances of being cured are even better.  What his new normal ...

                March 10 at 2:29 AM view post
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                  Maura, Welcome to you and your brother, but sorry you have to come here.  I'm thinking that if his metastases are all local--in the lymph nodes--that his prognosis is pretty good. I suggest he see a dentist who has experience with cancer patients who've had radiation to the mouth.  It is a brutal treatment, and it does a lot of damage to teeth.  Plus it causes great reduction in saliva, so that prote...

                  March 09 at 7:57 AM view post
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                    It hits us all like a ton of bricks, so don't feel alone.  We are all brought low, but for most of us the new normal is good. Susan

                    March 09 at 7:42 AM view post
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                      Bigi, It's nice that you are able to avoid chemo, which causes some more problems than others.  But the radiation is what gives most of us the biggest trouble.   Soon you will be feeling its effects if not already.  You will eventually feel pretty bad, but you will survive this ordeal and come out better on the other side. I am 8 years out from treatment, and I also had radiation only after my ...

                      March 08 at 7:31 AM view post
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                      About Sdurnell

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                      Head and Neck Cancer, Squamous Cell Cancer, Throat Cancer
                      Cancer Nutrition, Radiation

                      I have squamous cell cancer. A neck dissection showed one node positive (<3 cm.) and encapsulated. No primary has been found. I have no risk factors for this condition. Day after tomorrow I go in to have all my teeth pulled (my teeth are OK, but gums not so great). I will need five weeks of radiation, starting as soon as my mouth heals, and have been told not to lose any weight, even though I'm about 15 # overweight. Everyone is hoping I can avoid a feeding tube, but I'm not confident I can eat enough, especially without any teeth. I'd really like advice and support for this.

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