I am a 61-year old male newly diagnosed with cancer of the tonsil. It is in situ and my doctor recommends surgery followed by radiation. The radiologist recommends chemo/radiation followed by neck resection. I am not sure which route to take.
The surgery will involve splitting my lower jaw, removing the tumor, rebuilding my throat with skin from the forearm and putting my jaw back together. I will have a Trach and feeding tube during my 10-14 days in the hospital (and possibly longer). This will be followed up by 7 weeks of daily radiation. Have any of you had this radical surgery followed by radiation?
The other treatment will be a combination of chemo and radiation followed by the neck resection.
Whichever procedure I decide to have done will take place at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Thank you for any insight you can give regarding these procedures.