Jul 27, 2010 - 4:45 pm
I have been reading this board for over a year and there is such a wealth of knowledge.
My husband was diagnosed with hypopharyngeal cancer w/spread to 1 lymph node in June 2009. He went through 6 weeks induction chemo, followed by 35 rads + chemo (fun, fun). All was well we thought. This week marked 8 months out of treatment.
He had a regularly scheduled, pet scan last week and we got the results today. Not good. Showed a couple of hot spots. Doc examined him and we saw pics on camera thingy of what he is concerned with - looks just like the old pic from June 2009, only smaller. Appears to have come back. There will be an MRI next week, and then a biopsy in a couple of weeks - but we are getting the impression it is merely a formality and to assist doc in deciding on course of treatment.
He said surgery is possible or another round of chemo/rads, or both. He really didn't want to talk about it much, until it is confirmed. We are at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Hospital which is a teaching hospital with a lot of clinical trials, etc. so I feel like we are getting good care. I guess if biopsy comes back positive it will go before the "tumor board" for discussion on treatment.
I am so worried. He's 57, diabetic, and as you all know - after 8 months, he really is not fully recovered from Round 1, and now faces it all again? How will he survive it? I am scared to death and he is so stoic and brave. I know I need to suck it up and move forward - and I will, but guess I am in a bit of shock right now.
Seems like I have read on here a couple of people who have been through rads twice? He has scar tissue in his throat, but is able to eat pretty much normally, has most of his saliva and taste so he was very lucky first time around.
I know it seems like I am being negative and should hope for a clear biopsy but all indication are from doc that this is not going to happen. Maybe we will all be surprised.
I am rambling... thanks for listening.