Apr 29, 2003 - 5:46 pm
My mother had surgery on 2/12 to remove a rather large ulcer on the left side of her tongue, radical neck dissection and also had reconstruction from a flap from her forearm. Additionally, she received a peg tube for nutrition and a trach for airway management. She was to undergo both chemo and radiation, but the first week of treatment her veins collapsed so she received 1/2 of the chemo treatment and 3 days radiation. They then put an infusaport in her so that she could receive her chemo, but she got sick to her stomach and didn't feel well for 3 days after so they gave her an entire week off of treatment. When she started back to treatment she got her chemo on Mon. and radiation on Mon. Tues. & Wed. but then again got ill and had quite of bit of swelling in her neck. She went back to see her surgeon who agreed with the oncologist that she had an infection going on in the neck (they called it cellulitis) and lengthened her antibiotic treatment to 2 weeks. The oncologist decided again to give her time off of treatment, due to that they were feared that the radiation would irritate the infection. WEll, needless to say after her 2 weeks of antibiotic treatment were done she went back to the surgeon and guess what? He found a new ulcer on the right side of her tongue! (I forgot to mention that when she was there 2 weeks prior to this visit he scoped her and did a very thourogh evaluation and didn't see anything out of the ordinary). He ordered a cat scan and that revealed 4 new tumors growing! Has anyone ever had any thing grow this fast? The surgeon said that this type of cancer will go to the lungs first. He also told her us that he could not remove this tumors without removing quality of life.