Aug 27, 2010 - 6:23 pm
Heard from doctor today and the great news just keeps on coming.... of course the biopsy was positive for cancer, we found that out yesterday. Today's good news is that he will have to have the "big" surgery. He will have modified neck dissection surgery where they will take out a couple of lymph nodes on one side. He will also have the cancer cut out of his throat, through his mouth, and his throat will have to be reconstructed with the "flap" of tissue, veins, muscle taken from his arm. There will be two surgeons, the ENT Oncologist and an ENT Reconstruction specialist. All this will take about 8 hours. He will likely have to have a tracheotomy placed during surgery, as the throat will swell and block the airway. Surgery will be in 3 weeks or less.
Prior to that fun though, there will be placement of the feeding tube, which is scheduled for Thursday morning. That will be a one night hospital stay.
He won't be able to swallow for at least a week or two, and maybe never after surgery. His voice should not be affected.
The good news is that the doctor says he thinks, looking at all the scans, MRI, etc. they can get it out and come away with "clean margins" which in cancer talk means healthy, cancer free tissue.
Bob was a bit shakey after receiving this news (duh). I could tell in his voice over the phone that he was struggling, so I came home immediately from work and we talked about it for a long time. He says as long as they have plenty of good drugs, he's really not THAT concerned about pain, what he's afraid of I think is not ever being able to talk or swallow again. He's worried about me and thinks I need some xanax! Really, I am ok... just so tired of all this waiting. But if this will get this awful cancer beast out of our lives I am ready to take it on. Brian is still at work, am kind of dreading looking into those brown eyes and seeing the sadness and fear - that will probably bring me to tears.
No date on the surgery yet, but I expect it to move pretty quickly since they already called about the feeding tube and the appt with the ENT Reconstruction Specialist (I had no idea there was such a thing...)
Time to put on my big girl panties and deal with it!
Surgery - anybody have this flap surgery on the throat? Recovery info?? Long recovery? painful?? Any advice?