Nov 08, 2012 - 11:43 pm
I first logged in to this site (different cancer) because my husband had a brain tumor. Within a week of his death (October 10th, my little brother (45 years old) was diagnosed with a tumor in his neck. I convinced him to go to MD Anderson. He has been there for the last few days and there has been good news and bad. The PET scan doesn't show cancer anywhere else but the tumor in the back of his tongue and tonsils is pretty big. The exact course of treatment hasn't been proposed yet but it looks like a 7 week course of radiation either concurrent with chemo or followed by chemo. My brother doesn't have much money and his wife needs to return to Alabama to her job. We aren't sure what he will be going through but it sounds like he will need pretty constant care within a few weeks of the start of chemo. They told him that he will need a feeding tube, that his throat will be horribly inflamed, that his neck will be burned, and that his jawbone and saliva glands will be destroyed. I am miles away in Oregon and would like to help him but I don't know exactly what to do. He is dyslexic and has difficulty communicating in writing but I think he would be helped by talking to people who have experienced what he is about to go through. I guess I am looking for suggestions. I was here to help my husband but I am tapped out financially and don't think I can make it to Texas to help. I have another brother who will try to go there for a few days but he lives in Ohio and can't leave his job for long.