Apr 27, 2003 - 10:44 pm
my mother had a hemiglossectomy, mouth floor dissection, and radical left sided neck dissection for squamous cell carcinoma on February 12. They used a flap of muscle from her forearm to reconstruct her tongue and mouth floor. Chemo and radiation were interuppted because she had severe side effects from them and then ended up with what they thought was cellulitis in her neck three weeks ago. we found out this week that it is not cellulitis. She has a recurrence, four new tumors to be exact. they cannot do anymore surgery on her, cause she would not leave the hospital afterward. She would have to stay there until the end. they have now given her about 6 months to live and we must start facing up to the inevitable. the problem is that mom is in serious denial and depression. not sure what to do to get her through this. anyone have any suggestions?