Mar 27, 2011 - 8:28 pm
I posted here about a month ago and a great many of you responded to my questions and offered some very good insight and now I'm back.
I had a "radical" neck dissection on March 9th and now I am in recovery. According to the ENT surgeon, he got 99% of the cancer in my neck and the doc's did locate and remove the source of the squamous cell neck tumor which they found on the top of my head.
My question to you all is if I should receive radiation or not?
The doctors at the Phoenix Mayo Clinic want me to undergo radiation and right now have developed a plan for me to go five days a week for about six weeks for treatment.
I have a sister in law who is a Anesthesiologist and she recommends that I don't get radiation because of the irreparable damage radiation does to your teeth, tongue and the jaw bone. She went on to explain that the "Quality of Life" is worth more than have to use a feeding tube, loosing teeth, swollen tongue and facial disfigurement.
She further explained to me that my doctors are dedicated to rid me of the cancer inside me but do not take in consideration the loss of "quality of life" in doing so.
Right now, I believe it is not imperative that I have radiation treatments and I am unsure of the why the rush for me to do so (I just started questioning myself after the conversation with my sister in law).
The ENT surgeon and his staff do want to see me once every three months for follow up exams.
My question to all of you that have had neck radiation what were your positive and negative side effects?
I welcome your thoughts on this regardless of viewpoints.