I guess I qualify as a cancer survivor: I survived the treatment, anyway, and thus far things look good.
I was diagnosed with Stage III squamous cell carcinoma of the right tonsil (HPV-related) in June 2008 with one lymph node involved. Did six weeks of radiation and Cisplatin at Johns Hopkins, completing treatment Oct. 5. On Jan. 20 I had a modified radical neck dissection to get rid of that bum lymph node. All the other nodes that were removed were tested and came up clean.
I went through a lot of the same stuff that others here are going through: thrush, mucus, weight loss, loss of saliva, the whole nine yards. So it's nice to find a place where there are others who have been there and done that, or who are going through it now.
If I can contribute any helpful information based on my experience I'll be glad to do so -- but it looks like there's plenty of expertise here already!
Best wishes to all for victory over this crappy disease.
--Jim in Delaware