Jul 06, 2005 - 11:09 pm
My dad was diagnosed with squamus cell on the left side of neck - primary we think is right below it in the throat. He is having a PET scan on Friday. He is a very special case - he had Hodgkins Disease in the late seventies and went through radiation for that which got it. Since then he has had tons of medical issues the latest of which was a quadruple bypass that went wrong and paralyzed his diaphragm making it very hard to breathe. He is on oxygen pretty much all of the time. So now we get this diagnosis (this poor man is only 57!) and they tell us radiation is not an option b/c of his prior radiation and so surgery is the only way - they want to do a neck resectioning and take out anything that is not vital for survival, including muscles, lymph nodes etc. I have never heard of any of this and we are all so scared. There is a very good chance he might not come off the ventilator with his breathing problems or might not make it through at all but if he does what is life going to be like for him afterward? Will he be disfigured? Will he have taste buds? Will he be able to hold his head up on his own if they take neck muscles? The doctors seem so vague about all of that after stuff only focusing on getting the cancer out and like I said they are saying this is his only option for survival. Please help.. I don't want to lose my dad - I am just desperate.