Jul 10, 2009 - 11:52 am
Well as of yesterday, I have definitely been diagnosed with the BIG-C. The DR. believes I have HPV related Squamous Cell Carcinoma(is that spelled right?)in my head/neck. He feels that I may have caught it early, I hope. I have a PET next week and a neck disection for the following week. Radiation/chemo to top it off. When I first heard the news I could not believe it. I have a small lump on the left side of my neck, no pain or discomfort. We do not know the source until the the neck disection/PET. After I came to terms with the lab results, I broke down and cried. I have read alot of the posts on the discussion boards. It is good to know that there are people that I can talk to who can relate to all the fears and insecurities. I have a wonderful wife and (2) great kids(boy 15 and a girl 13), friends, and the discussion boards to get through this. Oh yeah, lets not forget the Doctors and all the knowledge and technology that has been accumulated over the years. That thanks goes out to all the pioneers that came before today. If it turns out that HPV exposure 20 yrs. ago is the source(if I understand it right), I almost want to scream "why isn't this HPV and head/neck cancer connection being shouted from the roof tops"? I have never heard of HPV in men. Is it that new?