Dec 15, 2010 - 12:18 am
My boyfriend was diagnosed nearly a year ago with laryngeal cancer. I met him in the summer, and only found out about him being sick in October. He simply didn't do much about it since his initial diagnosis. He had one biopsy done but he doesn't have health insurance because he's self-employed (however, the cost of treating cancer is way beyond his means), so that's one question I have, has anyone had to deal with treatment in a similar situation?
Anyway, he's very vague about the details, he's very proud and tries not to upset me. When he first told me, the doctor said that he had five years to live. If there weren't extensive tests done than isn't that a bit drastic, would they know just off the bat like that?
Supposedly, it's metastatic.
He's in pain very often, his neck bothers him a lot.
Is it safe to assume that the cancer has spread to his sinuses, tonsils and shoulder?
He smokes and I can't convince him to quit. He'll just get mad and do it anyway if I insist.
He's waited nearly a year to do anything and now he's putting it off again, how fast does this type of cancer usually spread?
What should I expect?
Anything, ANYTHING. would help.