Excision of left cheek followed by a radical neck dissection.
It's the fisrt time I join a forum so please forgive me in case I act weird. My name is Ilias and I am from Greece. My wife Sofia, aged 36 has oral cancer and she was operated in the UK last October with a radical excision of the left cheek followed by a radical neck dissection. Out of the 50 lymph nodes the 21 were with cancer. We are talking a very aggressive case where all the doctors were shocked. The treatment included an extensive radiotherapy which was finished on 20th January 2007.
Unfortunately, in mid April we were informed that there were metastasis in the lungs and we started chemotherapy straight away. The results of the exams at the mid August were very encouraging since the cancer was in remission.
However, almost a year now from the operation Sofia is having problems with her shoulder and terrible pains in the left cheek where the flap is. Moreover, her neck is getting tighter making it difficult to breathe. Her voice is getting weaker and her face is terribly swollen. Are all these side effects normal? Is there anyone out there who can help me understand what is going on? What shall we expect?
Thank you and God bless.
I am NOT a doctor, but it sounds as though your wife may be suffering from an infection. Given the facts you describe, that would not be surprising, and the symptoms would be consistent.
My advice would be to get off of chat lines and discussion rooms (for the mo