Feb 18, 2010 - 10:46 am
Being new to this site, I have had treatment for squamous cancer. I opted out of the surgery thing as the details were frightening! It (surgery) would have been a complete overhaul on my face and neck. Plus the fact that it would not guarantee a prolonged living. It would only maybe give me a year if not longer. I opted for the radiation/chemo treatment that seemed to offer a longer period of living time. My original prognosis was 1-1 1/2 yrs with the surgery and the same time was projected should I do nothing. I started at a stage 4 on the affected lymph node and a stage 3 on the other areas affected. After doing 2 types of chemo and 35 days of radiation, I am now at a zero stage for now. I guess that means I am in remission. I have had no major problems during the treatments except for getting phemounia and having some swallowing issues that were later treated with minor pain killers and stuff. I did lose some weight but not too much(about 40 pds.). I ended all the treatments in April and see my docs (all of them) every 2-3 months for checkups. They still think I am some type of "miracle" as I didn't have any major issues like some of you have posted on this site. There are some after effects I have like the thyroid getting "frozen" and the chemo-brain "fog" and being cold alot. I live close to a major and great clinic (Mayo Clinic in MN) where cancer treatment is a specialty.