Nov 04, 2009 - 9:15 am
In November, 2008, my prothedontist noticed a sore under my tongue during an implant checkup. It wasn't there in March, 08 and wouldn't go away. Had a biopsy Nov 12. Diagnosis: Carcinoma In Situ. Operated on at OU (OKlahoma Univ) Health Sciences Center December 28, 2008. Laser only, no radiation, no chemo. Released same day.
Recovered quickly. Attended checkups dilligently. On Oct. 30 checkup (this past Friday) my surgeon found enlarged lymph node (or nodes? Two syringe samples and test later, I was advised surgery is necessary. This seems to be getting serious.
I have the surgery order.
Surgery Procedure: "Modified radical neck disssection: right cervical lymphodectomy.
Diagnosis: Floor of mouth cancer. Head and neck soft tissue.
Time req'd: 2 Hours
Anesthesia Type: General
The good doctor advised me of a 1 to 3 day stay and "5 days of radiation."
I'm 64, active and alert, still working part time. I'm sure after reading your comments to others and doing direct research on the web that all cancers are different. However, I know nothing about the human and emotional side of all this. My younger wife is scared and has only me to confide in.
If anyone has any advice or information to share with us, we'ed be really grateful. Thanks for taking the time to read this.