Dec 15, 2010 - 1:32 pm
I had a biopsy last July ('09) in the area of a painful sore that my surgeon called a chronic ulcer. The biopsy came back as papilloma vulgaris. He said vascular activity as a result of the surgical trauma at the site of the biopsy might cause the sore to heal.
I waited and the pain/sore eventually came back but eventually seemed to change appearance so I went for a biopsy again in late November ('10). This time the diagnosis was squamous cell carcinoma of the base/rear 2/3s of the left side of my tongue. PET/CT scan indicated no lymph nodes affected or metastasization but due to its size ends up a T3/N0/M0 so Stage 3.
My surgeon wants to use a robotic method to remove the tumor. He says that between 10-20% of my tongue will be removed, a separate operation will remove any “at risk” lymph nodes, and radiation should only be necessary IF the post-op pathology indicates a cancer presence.
I've been reading a lot of info from many sites including this one about likely treatments and likely after affects. I was wondering if anyone out there has had or knows anyone with a similar situation. I wanted to know, un-sugarcoated, if:
I’m just looking for some more insight because this can get overwhelming sometimes.