Four years ago, my mother had a cancer removed from her tongue. It seemed early, so she didn't have all the neck dissection stuff, and there was no further treatment. Then, two years ago, it metastisized but was found in only one lymph node in her neck. After that, she had radiation for six or eight weeks, after which she was fine (if you don't count the after-effects of surgery and radiation).
Now, she has been losing weight, having trouble swallowing, and suffering from heartburn. She says she is convinced that the trouble swallowing is because of her stomach. Then again, denial is how she deals with trouble--always has been, poor dear--and I know just enough to be very worried. She won't go to the doctor until her next scheduled check-up, which I think is only a few weeks away. (So I haven't pressed her too much to make it sooner.)
Since I've had trouble swallowing because of esophagitis, gastritis and duodenitis, I know this isn't necessarily the worst. Yet, her trouble sounds radically different from mine.
Can anyone help me get a perspective? Her denial makes it harder to deal with, if only because of the added worry of knowing that I don't have the full story.