Feb 16, 2004 - 11:54 am
My 80 year old father was diagnosed last week with T1N0M0 tonsil cancer. He only weighs 142 pounds and is very frail for his age. He lives alone, suffers from early onset dimentia and tends to eat the foods that he likes rather than what is good for him. He hates water. From everything I've read, radiation will be rough. Taste buds and saliva glands will be damaged as well as sores that make eating especially difficult. Everyone described losing significant weight and carrying a water bottle around with them even 2 years post treatment for the dry mouth. Are there any elderly individuals who opted for the surgery only and chose not to take radiation. Is this option even discussed? We go to the ENT this Thursday to schedule surgery and get preliminary test results. All indications are that the cancer is confined to his left tonsil. I'd like to have my questions ready. Thanks for any information.