Mar 16, 2011 - 1:35 pm
My name is Angel and I have been diagnosed with stage 4b tonsil cancer. I had a neck dissection where my ent found 4 lymph nodes positive for cancer and extracapsular spread in the fatty tissue in my neck. He said my chances for a cure are at least 50/50. When I saw my oncologist, who had initially told me 50/50, but then bumped it up to 90 percent after my response to my first induction chemo, she said that my chances had gone down since then and though she wouldn't give me a number, said I had a good chance of beating this. On the other hand, my radiation oncologist, doesn't seem one bit phased by the extracapsular spread and told me my cure chances were at 80 percent. I asked him if he was in my shoes would he be making plans 5 years from now and he said heck yeah. I really confused because they are suppose to be my team and they don't seem to be on the same page. I start radiation and chemo on Monday. Does anyone have any experience with extracapsular spread?