Jul 23, 2010 - 9:36 am
Our daughter was initially diagnosed with Stage II tongue cancer after a biopsy, and a CT scan on June 17th. Yesterday she met with the tumor board to determine a course of treatment. They informed her that the cancer had grown to stage 4 and also infected the nodes on both sides of her neck. The treatment they proposed was complete removal of the tongue and nodes and reconstructing the tongue to the extent she could speak. They said she would have the feeding tube the rest of her life. After she recovered from the surgery, they proposed to start chemo and radiation. The surgeon estimated her survival chances over the next five years as between 30 and 50 percent.