Oct 19, 2012 - 1:46 pm
on the steps forward side...
The PET scan shows great improvement and only 1 spot that was hot. The original approach was to wait and watch, but the tumor board recommended removal of the nodes
Step 2, PEG tube came out Monday the 15th! It is SO NICE to be able to sleep on my stomach and not have to shower with 20 or so inches of tube sticking out of my stomach. U will have a second naval thought
Step 3, a selective neck dissection Tuesday the 16th that was outpatient surgery. I didn't feel all that bad afterward, had some pain that hyrdoco handled easily. Drains were removed yesterday and I don't even need any pain med, not even OTC!
Step backward - pathology shows the one node did have "residual active disease". I'm not too encouraged by that report, I'd hoped that the hot spot would have been scar tissue or something else benign, but such is not the case.
The surgeon was confident that they got everything out in the branch, the incision runs from my ear down to my collarbone, and the sutures are under the skin, much like blind stitching on fabric, so I don't think that I'll have much of a scar.
I'm now wondering what is next? Additional treatments? Wait and see? My wife is quite concerned and I take the report of "got it all out" as great news, but that nagging concern pulls at the back of my mind......