Oct 24, 2006 - 10:18 am
I am 23 years old and was diagnosed with tongue cancer back in August. On Sept. 8, 2006 I had the right half of my tongue removed and a neck disection with 41 lumph nodes removed. None of the lymph nodes came back with cancer. My treatment consists of 6.5 weeks of radiation with three chemo treatments of Cisplatnum at the beginning, middle, and end. I am also getting a shot called Ethial to help save one of my salvatory glands. I am beginning my third week of my radiation treatment now. I am just beginning to have mouth sores and have lost most of my taste. I need some help. I was wondering if there is anyone else who is around my age who has had this diagnosis and would like to know your experience. Or in general, anyone that has had a similar situation to mine. I have been told treatment is very difficult, but I would like to hear first hand what it is like. I also was wondering about how my speech will be after treatment.