Aug 01, 2010 - 8:02 pm
I just stumbled upon this great resource. I'm just getting my feet wet looking at the posts and responses and I can tell there are a lot of great people and subjects that I want to know more about or comment on.
I'm a 48 year old male diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in January of 2010. I had a suspicious lymph node removed and Mayo Clinic confirmed the diagnosis. (a local pathologist was stumped) I then went to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where the diagnosis was confirmed.
A primary source was not found. The node had extra-capcillary extentions. I was treated with chemo (Cisplatin)once a week for seven weeks. I had 33 radiation treatments...Monday through Friday...with all sides of my neck treated. (11 blasts each day).
I did really well, at least I think so. I know others have had it a lot tougher than I did. I did not have a feeding tube...I worked very hard at not getting one. I drank ensure and boost around the clock and still lost 30 pounds. Fortunately I had a lot of muscle mass from years of working out to draw on.
I'm now 12 weeks post treatment. My first CT Scan did not find cancer. My next scan is in September. I've been back at work almost full time. I'm almost completely off the ensure etc. Though finding food to eat is a chore. Salivary glands took a big hit.
Sorry to ramble on, but as most of you know...it feels good to do so sometimes.