Jul 23, 2010 - 12:04 am
Hi, my dad was diagnosed in mid june with SCC in his larynx. He is stage IVA. He is going to have 35 rads and 3 rounds chemo. He was set to start treatment a couple of weeks ago but went to his dentist and was told he should have all 25 of his teeth extracted. It was a huge shock but after hearing what the alternative could be w/ having ORN we were thankful we had a dentist that cared enough to offer my dad the best advice. So after recovering from the teeth removal he got his peg tube put in last thursday and was all set to go for treatment. They took the CT scan for the simulation and said it had changed slightly since the last one and are now recommending that he gets a breathing tube. Has anyone else had a similar situation? We really don't know what effects he wlll experience from having a breathing tube in. The Dr. said it would be temporary but it is still scary and we are not sure if he will need it for sure. It is difficult for him to breathe laying down, but is ok while sitting up. (He also has to sit up to sleep) The doctors said that once radiation starts the tumor is likely to swell and that will make it even harder for him to breathe and could possibly block his airway completely. So it is precautionary to avoid having to have an emergency one put in and delaying treatment once it starts which would mess everything up. We are just overwhelmed and want him to be able to just get his treatments started. We live right out of Atlanta and he is going to Emory. If there is anyone here that can give advice on this please do! Thanks so much!