Mar 23, 2009 - 11:46 pm
My sister has been diagnosed with T3 N0 M0 squamous cell cancer of the throat. I have gotten all the information I can from her. She was a bit dazed today at her doctors and didn't retain a lot of the more terminological sounding details.
In October 2008 she started having problems with her voice. She and her family had just moved to Texas, so she thought it was an allergic reaction to the change in climate. She decided to go to the doctor and have it checked a little later on (can't remember when) and her doctor told her she had a polyp on her vocal chords that needed to be removed. So surgery was scheduled, and at the beginning of March she had it removed. It turned out to be malignant, and the PET scan she had provided the above results.
I am wondering if anyone here has any information to share, or has survived this diagnosis. Of course, we are worried about her voice box and would like to avoid a laryngectomy.
She is scheduled to go in on April 2 for a combination of chemo/radiation treatments, and will have to undergo these for 7 weeks, every single day.
I would appreciate any feedback anyone can give. She is 51 years old and has never smoked. She has also never drank excessively, however, at this point we're not all that concerned as to what caused it, we'd just like to know the chances if it going away after treatment, with her voicebox intact. Has anyone out there survived the same diagnosis, and does the treatment really work? I have read a lot on the internet already, but need inspirational stories of survival to share with her. We are extremely grateful to God that it hasn't spread to her lymph nodes or any of the surrounding area.
I'm a bit confused, because at first I thought they had removed the entire tumor, but tonight she said they had only removed the part that had wrapped around her vocal chord. So I am not completely clear as to whether or not the tumor was ON the vocal chord or just near it. She said something tonight like it was above the vocal chords, which to me sounds like a Supraglottal tumor. She also said there is some of the tumor left, and that is why she needs radiation and chemo. I had thought earlier that they had gotten most of the tumor, and there were cells left at the site of attachment.
At any rate...any feedback that can be provided will be appreciated. God Bless...