Aug 24, 2010 - 11:34 pm
Today was the longest amount of time I have spent away from the couch and TV. I had my first Appt. with my Radiation Oncologist. My wife and I like him allot. He is going to consult with my Surgeon and his colleagues to determine if giving radiation to the left side of my neck where there is NED is warranted. He says due to the aggressive nature of the cancer in the right side of my neck, it might be a good move. I see my Surgeon tomorrow afternoon. The Radiation Doc seems to think that my saliva glands will be permanently comprimised and that my taste will be effected temporarily. He also discussed the possibility of burns and sores may develop but says everyone reacts differenly. He also thinks there is a good chance that where he applies the radiation i could have no further growth of hair. I have always shaved my head so baldness is a non issue, but I may have to let go of my goatee as the right side could have the hair loss.
I start my radiation treatments on September 8th and went throught my simulation where the fitted me for my mask. Man, the mask is going to take some getting used to. I felt like it was hard to get a full breath of air into my lungs and even had to force myself to yawn to fill them. They tell me they will give me a light sedative before I start. I also had a head and neck CT scan today that I hope my surgeon will have the results for tomorrow.
I also plan to see my Chemo Doc in the nxt 3 days to a week to discuss that plan.
Any advice on dealing with the mask or side effects is greatly appreciated.