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  • billscampbell has replied to a post on the message board

    Susan, I don't post too often--my situation is a bit different: surgery through the mouth and no radiation or chemo.  I'm now six years out and the ENT and surgeon consider me cured.  I have a slightly paralyzed tongue, but it doesn't interfere with speech. I'm responding because I often check the site out to see if I can help anyone, and always appreciate your responses.  You have helped many who ha...

    June 15 at 5:17 PM view post
    • billscampbell has replied to a post on the message board

      I had my tonsil tumor removed--there was no cancer in the margins and no lymph nodes were affected, so I chose not to do radiation or chemo (based on discussions with my surgical oncologists).  I'm now 6 years out, and my doctors consider me "cured."  So, make sure you seriously discuss with your doctors whether your husband needs the radiation or not.  Best wishes!

      April 26 at 6:53 PM view post
      • billscampbell has replied to a post on the message board

        Hi I am 5 years out and my doctors have declared me cured. That means my life expectancy is the same as any other male. I had surgery, but no radiation or chemo. So there are many different ways to treat the cancer. Go to the best doc you can find and get him/her to go over all of your options. But try to relax because your cancer is totally treatable.

        January 04 at 9:01 PM view post
        • billscampbell has replied to a post on the message board

          Congrats, Mark!  I just reached 5 years, too, and the doctor told me that there was practically no chance of it returning to my tonsils.  He even used the other "C" word (viz., cured).  Not sure I'd go that far, but chances are slight of it returning. Bill

          July 19, 2018 view post
          • billscampbell has replied to a post on the message board

            I had the tumor removed surgically, and when the doctors found no cancer in the margins or in the lymph nodes, they did not even recommend radiation or chemo.  I'm 5 years out and NED! Bill

            July 19, 2018 view post
            • billscampbell has replied to a post on the message board

              SMP, My local ENT just pulled mine out.  Sort of a strange sensation, but no pain.  I can hardly tell where it was now (4 1/2 years later).

              June 21, 2018 view post
              • billscampbell has replied to a post on the message board

                SMP, My local ENT just pulled mine out.  Sort of a strange sensation, but no pain.  I can hardly tell where it was now (4 1/2 years later).

                June 21, 2018 view post
                • billscampbell has replied to a post on the message board

                  I had right tonsil cancer five years ago.  I had surgery.  The doctors found no cancer in the margins or in the lymph nodes and did not recommend radiation or chemo.  At my five-year follow up, my ENT told me that there is practically zero chance that the cancer will return.  So, it depends on what the surgeons find when they operate (I assume you're having surgery to remove the tumor)--if the can...

                  June 21, 2018 view post
                  • billscampbell has replied to a post on the message board

                    Whether to have radiation and/or chemo depends on what they find when they remove the tumor (I assume you're having surgery).  In my case (right tonsil and base of tongue), the margins were clear and there were no lymph nodes involved, and so my surgeon did not recommend rad/chemo.  I'm five years out and have had minimal side effects.  I wish you the best during this difficult time.

                    June 07, 2018 view post
                    • billscampbell has replied to a post on the message board

                      I'm 5 years out from tonsil cancer.  After surgery (no radiation or chemo), my epiglottis would not close.  I did about 4-5 months of speech therapy and that solved the problem.  Now the only side effect is a partially paralyzed tongue from the surgery, which has only slightly affected my speech.

                      June 02, 2018 view post
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