Aug 22, 2012 - 9:01 am
Although it is not my habit to post a lot about my follow-up, I had my six month post rads exam yesterday. Thusfar, all is negative. I was reflecting on this on the long drive home from St Louis, and again the obvious occured to me. For those who dont know my background, I was treated with radiation for BOT cancer in 1998, and had a disease free interval of 12 years. I then had a second cancer, floor of mouth, treated with radical surgery in 2010, but had a rapidly enlarging reoccurance in the soft palate late last year. I was therefore treated with chemorads, ending in late February this year.
I was in real difficulty with the reoccurance. It was significantly interfering with eating, and I had lost about 30 lbs in the six weeks before chemo started reducing the tumor. I am now six months out from the end of treatment, NED and doing quite well. Eating is still pretty slow, but otherwise my function is high. I would have died by now without the latest intervention. My nutritional compromise would have guaranteed it. Just something I think about from time to time. And it is why I dont let the grass grow under my feet.
best to all of you.