Oct 02, 2012 - 6:16 pm
I had my three month follow up PET today (SCC BOT, HPV+, Stage IVa) treated with one course of induction chemo and then with 8 weeks of erbitux and 33 rads.
I expected very good news as the ENT that originally diagnosed me had scoped my throat twice and saw no visual evidence of the original tumor, and neither the medical or radiation oncologist could palpate any abnormalities in the left cervical lymph nodes.
I heard from my RO this afternoon and overall he said the news was good, but he did say that a small spot lit up where one of the lymph nodes are. He is conferring with the medical oncologist and my ENT on what to do next, and I find out at my next appt (next week) I knew going in from the ENT that after the rads they'd do a PET and if necessary a neck dissection. I wasn't prepared to hear that this may be necessary. I'm more than a bit stressed out and wondering what the future may hold.
I've purposely stayed away from researching neck surgery but I'm thinking that radical surgery will not be indicated, anyone have experience with 'minor' neck dissection?
What can I expect? How long could the hospital stay be? How long would recovery take? I've been back to work for 4 weeks now and don't want to miss more, how long before I could return to work? (desk job)
I've followed everyone all summer long, I've had great solace in just reading about your experiences and contributing to some of the discussions. I'm hoping that this is just a 'false' reading or a benign hot spot, but my luck is not as good as that.