Sep 12, 2010 - 8:43 am
Hello everyone. I've been waiting since April, and I've finally been diagnosed with tongue, mouth, and salivary gland cancer. It started with a negative CT Scan done by the VA, to basically my VA doctor telling me not to worry about it. However, I followed up with my MD and finally referred to an ENT. He ended up doing two biopsies, and missed the cancer on the back of my tongue. He finally referred me to Boston Eye & Ear Infirmary, thus, more biopsies. He decided no surgery at this time, and to treat with radiation & chemo. So I'm meeting with the Radiologist dr in Concord, NH, on Tuesday. I have a lot of questions, based on what I've read in this forum.
I have read, and reread just about every posting on the H&N discussion board. I have to say, you all are amazing! This is exactly the information I've been looking for. Lots of great suggestions, and, most of all, support.
My only question is: has anyone had to deal with tongue cancer (my primary)? I teach 5th Grade, and my greatest fear is not being able to speak clearly, or at all. My doctor is optimistic, however, there's always that fear of having part of my tongue removed.
Again, thanks to ALL of the great people who have provided support. I look forward to the dialog over the next several months.