Nov 25, 2012 - 9:08 pm
It has been quite some time since I have posted or been on this website. I have received much good advice and shared with others suffering head and neck cancer issues in the past on here. I was diagnosed in December of 2006 with pharyngeal cancer. I had a neck dissection and thirty five radiation treatments and chemo once a week for seven weeks. Even though I have suffering many effects of the treatment including burned up thyroid gland, destroyed saliva glands, problems with my teeth, dry mouth, swallowing problems and others I have been cancer free for going on six years now. To make a long story short it was discovered during a visit to have my esophagus stretched that my cancer has returned. Needless to say I was very shocked as my doctor had examined me just three months prior to this and did not see any cancer. I am scheduled to have a PET scan and a CT scan this week and then meet with a head and neck surgeon to see what my prognosis is. I do know that my cancer typically spreads to the lungs with no lymph node system to trap it. According to my doctor the cancer is back in the same area it was previously discovered. I have vowed due to everything in terms of side effects treatment and surgery caused that I would never fight this again if it re-occured. I do want some quality time left and is there anyone that could possibly tell me how much time I may have left without treatment. I am a person of faith and know God can perform miracles and only God really knows truly how much time I have left. I just would like to know how much time I might have if God does not perform a miracle for me. All my personal affairs are pretty much handled but again do I have any quality time left. I know it is my doctors responsibility with the oath they take to do something to save or extend my life and I understand this. This however is a decision I must make if necessary. I am a old coach who always has a game plan and I just want to complete my game plan. Please is there any advice anyone can give me.