Jun 07, 2009 - 4:51 pm
My 58 yr old husband was diagnosed with cancer of the head/neck and base of tongue just about 4 weeks ago on May 20, 2009 and had head and neck surgery 3 weeks ago to remove one cancerous lymph node and 5 other non-cancerous lymph nodes and a non cancerous saliva gland. We are told by the Oncologist that he will have chemo once a week and radiation 5 days of week for 6 weeks. As you all know, once being told this sends everyone in a state of shock. Since he will be having radiation on the tongue, we were told it will be very difficult to eat and will have lots of pain and he will have a feeding tube towards the end of treatment. We are both wondering how a person survives the treatment enough to get up an go again to the next treatment.
We are both fearful and wondering about the survival rate after treatment.
If anyone can share anything that would be helpful, please do.