Nov 01, 2012 - 10:47 am
WE will soon be helping our Dad make decisions on treatment and I may be coming back here to ask opinions of all you wonderful survivors.
My Dad's health is good. Very active driving, mall walking, bowling, grocery shopping, bowling, laundry, some yard work, getting meals ready with my Mom (who is doing well with CHF but weaker than my Dad). Very sharp mentally, always on the phone taking care of business etc. He is 5'10....180 lbs. Does have heart disease. No one believes how old he is and he is very proud of that!
Went to have ear wax cleaned and from that visit ENT found BOT lesion. He is completely symptomless. Biopsy taken at our local comprehensive cancer care center. No apparent node involvement found as yet from CAT scan or examination. Size is more than 2 cm but less than 4 cm. Surgeon said it was like triangular touching the throat wall and epiglottis. Not sure if he meant it was actually invading these sites or not.
We get our results on Monday and I am so scared because of the harshness of treatment. His normal life span right now would be another 4 yrs. I wish you could tell if something like this is slow growing and if he could just live with it. I wish he never knew he had it.
I can't imagine him loosing 30 lbs at his age, going without needed nutrition, and all the side effects of radiation/chemo. I am hoping they can just reduce the size through oral surgery and he can just live with it without it affecting speech and eating. I feel like his only choices will be to choke to death or do this harsh treatment.
Knowing what you all went through...would you worry about your 89 yr old parents doing this? There really is nothing on the internet about this cancer and treating 90 yr olds. I did find one study that this age group tolerates RAD as well as younger people.
I will let you you know what the results of biopsy are...if positive a PET scan will be done.
Thank you all for any advise.