Sep 06, 2012 - 2:31 pm
I'm a newly diagnosed Squamous Cell, base of the tongue, T1 with uptake in the lymph nodes of one side. I've just had my first round of meetings with doc's (surgeon, Oncologist, Radio) and am really not sure what to do. I've been accepted as a patient at MD Anderson in Houston so I will be traveling down there next week to see what they say.
As I understand it my options are:
1. Robotic surgery to remove the 1cm tumor on the base of my tongue and simultaneously remove the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck (and possibly left too). After that, reduced duration and intensity radiation with a 70/30 shot of no chemo.
2. Standard rounds of full radiation and Chemo. No surgery.
So, unless I'm missing something, the benefit of surgery is the chance of skipping the chemo, or am I missing something?
If anyone has gone through one could you please let me know what to expect? As you can imagine, sleep is not coming easy these days.