Nov 01, 2012 - 1:09 pm
My dad is currently 52 years old and two years ago he was diagnosed with small N1M10 on his left side of tongue (Stage 1 – squamous cell carcinoma). At that point he was treated with Radiation (33 times - tongue and neck area). Since then he has been in recovery stage, however he has always had discomfort in his tongue. At first we thought it was part of recovery process, but the ulcer didn’t heal and it was coming on the right side of his tongue. We showed few doctors and everyone suggested to wait and let it recover. However, as time passed by his discomfort increased and there was no sign of healing. We decided to get other options and tests done. Recently he did MRI and showed to other doctors – now he has been diagnosed with cancer again. This is a Primary second occurrence on the right side of his tongue and touching the mantle.
He is going to get his PET scan tomorrow to determine the extent of his cancer. We are getting multiple opinions from doctors for correct steps of treatment. Some are suggesting surgery + chemo and some are simply suggesting chemo. My dad in general is a strong will man and is overall in good health – apart from his serious discomfort in tongue/mouth. He has strong determination and fighting spirit.
I am wondering if people here with similar experience can suggest best path forward to determine the best treatment for him? Advantages / Disadvantages of Surgery + Chemo vs only Chemo or chemo before and / or after surgery?. I will update on his PET scan report as soon as I get them. But meanwhile, I would appreciate if you can share your experiences in similar scenarios and things to consider as we go along in this process.
I understand that determining the extent / stage of cancer is important before jumping to treatment options. I will post the results of PET scan as soon as we have them.
Thanks in advance and really appreciate your help.