Apr 22, 2012 - 8:19 pm
I am so glad to find this site. Everyone is so helpful and inspiring. I have been reading lot of things for past two days.
I am 45 years old and was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Cancer of the oral tongue (front bottom part of the tongue). I had surgery to remove it two weeks back. Also had a neck dissection to remove 27 lymph nodes. All lymph nodes were clear except one with a miniscule spread. Biopsy for the tumor shows the edges as all clear.
My doctor said he would prefer to have radiation for 6 weeks to prevent any re occurrence. It seems most people go thru radiation even after surgical removal of the tumor?
Also my doctor indicated that I don't need any tube and could continue to work during radiation. How can this be possible? I read that most people have lot of side effects mainly the mouth sores.
Is it possible to not have any side effects of radiation? I could not find a single case where someone said they were just fine during radiation.
I have my appointment with radiologist next week. Just trying to get more information. Everything I read is really scary but I rather be prepared for the worst than get surprised.