Mar 16, 2011 - 6:33 pm
I joined the group right after my ENT told me I may have cancer. I wanted to let you all know about the interview I had yesterday with a New York Times reporter doing a story on the surgeon, Dr. Eric Genden at Mt. Sinai, who will be doing my biopsy and surgery (transoral robotic and neck resection) this Friday.
Dr. Genden's assistant called me a couple of days ago and told me about the planned NY Times story and asked if I would be willing to be interviewed since I was the next patient up for transoral robotic surgery. Genden has done more of these for head and neck than anyone in New York State. I said sure.
I gave the reporter my story and how I found Dr. Genden by doing internet research after I was told I had probable supraglottic throat cancer by my local ENT. She will email me after the surgery to see how it went. With the increase of oral cancer (probably due to HPV) and the mildness of the symptoms (me a mild sore throat and a little trouble swallowing) I think people need to know about this cancer and get themselves to an ENT when they have these symptoms.
My primary care PA dismissed my persistent sore throat when I told him about it in early December, telling me to just gargle with salt water. They didn't pay attention until two months later when I came back with more symptoms and then referred me to the ENT who I saw two weeks later. I won't know anything for sure till a week after surgery when the pathology reports come in but the MRI and PET show nodes.
I'll let you all know when I have the follow up interview so you can watch for the article.
Wish me luck, surgery is 7:30 am Friday, Eastern time
P.S. I told the reporter about this board.