Apr 09, 2010 - 5:09 pm
Hi, In Jan this year my 48 yr old (non-smoking) sister was diagnosed with tonsil cancer. It had spread to lymph nodes, base of tongue, into adipose(fat)tissue, and a tumor around her juglar vein and muscle in the same area. (We discovered all this additional cancer from surgery).
Upon diagnosis, it was suggested she go to Philadelphia to meet Dr. O'Malley to see if she was a candidate for the robotic surgery. She was not but he offered to do the needed surgery. It has been 5 weeks and she starts chemo on Monday plus daily radiation.
She has had a few set backs along the way. Struggles with the trach, thank goodness it came out a couple weeks ago. Nausea from meds, her incisions opened in two places causing chemo and radiation to be pushed back.
I have made 2 trips out to help the little I can. I will go again in a few weeks and we will probably stay at Hope Lodge near the hospital.
Your storys have been so helpful to read before, during, and now after surgery.
I have been so educated from your stories. I send prayers to all of you. Becky