Feb 26, 2011 - 6:46 pm
On Tuesday, 02-22-2011, I met with a Otorhinolaryngology (head & neck Surgeon) at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Besides being scheduled for surgery, I was told by him that I also would be doing radiation as part of the treatment. I was relieved when he told me that I would not be undergoing any chemotherapy. The doc explained to me that chemo is only to be used with any forms of cancer from the neck down and not from the neck up.
As I read the posting in the Head & Neck Cancer section I can see that plenty of you have had chemotherapy when you were diagnosed with neck cancer. So at this point I am confused but grateful that I will not have to undergo chemo.
Did I misunderstand him when he said "no" chemo for me or is chemo reserved for more serious cases of neck cancer?