Dec 18, 2004 - 8:18 pm
My husband was diagnosed with T4 Squamous Cell Carninorma on the tongue in February this year. They removed 40% of his tongue and about 2 dozens of lymph nodes from his neck. Since there was one lymph node that had cancer cells, they did the radiation (IMRT) treatment in July. We just found out that the cancer is back on the same spot on the tongue, and also there are some tumors around the nerves. Sounds like only option he has is chemo. But last time we talked to his oncologist, chemo doesn't work too good for this type of cancer. If he has to have a surgery again, they will have to remove the whole tongue plus voice box. That means he will never be able to eat or speak. My husband had Hodgkins' Desease about 10 years ago. He did the radiation back then. It came back in 2 years, so he had the chemo. He can't have any more radiation since the dosage is maxed out. Does anybody have a similar situation or experience? Please help! Any response would be appreciated. Thank you!