I'm very new at this. I had a lymph node removed a week ago and when the results of the biopsy came back the ENT surgeon said it really surprised him and his colleague, as they were sure it was Hodgkin's lymphoma, but it turned out to be Squamous Cell and throat cancer with an unknown primary.
I'm to undergo a Pet scan and a CT scan this coming Monday and then surgery to remove one tonsil Wednesday. I survived pancreatic cancer and radical re-constructive surgery (Whipple procedure)in 2001, but I did not undergo any radiation or chemotherapy. I'm a 57 year old single dad with a healthy 17 year old daughter and a 14 year old son that has been fighting leukemia three years this week. His daily regimen of chemotherapy ends this coming April if all goes well. From reading everyones input on here I quickly realized that I was not at all informed or prepared as to what I'm really in for. There was absolutely nothing mentioned to me regarding any of the several issues brought up here. My greatest concern are my children, I was awarded sole custody this year, removing them from a very dangerous and abusive environment where both children were physically and mentally abused on a near daily occurrence. If something happens to me there is no one left for them to go to and I had assumed I would only be down for a fairly short time. The surgeon did tell me that I was going to receive a large amount of both radiation and chemotherapy but I had stupidly assumed that he meant a one time session.
Please, if anyone has any advise I'm all ears!