Aug 15, 2007 - 3:56 am
Last Thursday, my doctor called with the biopsy results of the curious "swelling" found on the right side of my neck . . . squamous cell carcinoma.
CT Scan showed that 3 lymph nodes on that side of neck have become enlarged.
This was tough because I originally thought I had mono or a viral infection. It was awful weird to be praying for mono.
When the cancer diagnosis dropped, we still weren't sure of primary, but CT scan showed a slight enlargement in nasopharynx.
I immediately went to UPenn Cancer Center in Philly. Excellent docs so far. They are rechecking my slides, and did an initial scope today through my nose. The most signficant finding was my tonsil, looks like it could be the problem, and I'm going in for ENT & biopsy.
Based on lymph node involement on my neck, it looks like this will be Stage 4, and prognosis for that is tough. It's been good to hear stories of other Stage 4 people with tonsillar cancer pulling through. I'd love to hear more . . . and I would really love to be one!
I'm doing ok with everything 90% of the time, but I get those down moments. My family and support group are doing great, but it's hard on them. I can only imagine how tough things will be when the treatments begin.
I am thrilled to have found this discussion board.