Hello, everyone, I keep missing so much time in checking the boards!
Today we went to the ENT's for prognosis after the second round of F&A's and another CT scan 10 days ago and although we knew they'd want to do surgery I was sure they'd only do a 'selective' neck dissection cuz through all the conversations with all the docs for the past year the knot on my husband's neck was never anything they could identify and they kept passing it up as not involved, or they didn't think it was involved or whatever...they just never addressed it as being important.
Today the Dr's said that although the SCC on base of tongue is gone (YEAH! after 35 radiation treatments and 3 sessions of Cisplatin/chemo which ended 2/22) there is still cancer in the neck, left side and the mass (which is the knot he's been complaining about for years!) shows cancer and they're going to do a radical neck dissection in about a week.
I WAS FLOORED! So, I've been reading up on it and I know some of you have had surgery before or after the radiation/chemo and want to know what the experiences are out there, although I do recognize that every person is different...just for info's sake!
I can honestly say that when we began the radiation/chemo I had no idea what to expect so I wasn't really worried (of course I also wasn't on this board yet!) but now...I've had such a positive outlook every step of the way and this surgery really scares me...
Your thoughts are appreciated!