Feb 13, 2010 - 11:59 am
Hey, insurance finally said yes, and I get my PET-CT Monday, and tonsils removed, scoping, and many biopsies on Tuesday. I guess that is my scoping and staging phase? All we know so far is that the one 3-cm lymph node taken from the neck was mets SCC, and my MRI showed nothing. Here's hoping for more information!
I know I'm still a bit ahead of the game, but I want to start reading up on radiation, and the various doses and methodologies by which it is administered. Also, the various chemotherapy agents, and how each one works. Your answers will guide me to what I should be reading first.
Is all radiation therapy these days done by IMRT? It sounds like some folks just get radiation, some get radiation and chemo concurrently, and others get another follow-up round of chemo after. Some of you get chemo intermittently, i.e., only on certain days of your radiation? Some of you get continuous chemo via pumps for hours or days at a time? Some folks get induction chemo? And then, there's the whole sticky question of Amiphostine... (did I spell that right?) I know all of this is ultimately between me and my doctors. I want to know what all the possibilities are.