Jan 07, 2010 - 8:06 pm
I have my surgery date and my Dr feels very good, but cautions that the "final pathology" will determine prognosis. I go under the knife for a selective neck dissection a week from tomorrow (Jan 15). Wish me luck!
He also said I am staged at TXN2BM0, essentially stage 4. Not the greatest of news, but I am strong, young-ish (54), and know I will survive this. The Dr is talking about possibly not recommending rads to the nasopharynx because he says a recurrence is better treated if there's been no previous radiation. They will radiate my neck where the tumors were, but as far as the primary, they still can't find it.
The surgery will include a selective or random biopsy of the throat to try and locate the primary, but he's not confident it will be there ("your body has probably already gotten rid of it", he said).
Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers.