Nov 27, 2012 - 2:54 pm
I'm writing about my 94 year old dad. SCC floor of mouth 2001. Surgical resection. NED until 1 year ago. Surgical resection 2nd time this past Jan. Cancer is back. Had CT/PET/ and met w/ H&N surgeon and rad oncologist. (Dad has COPD and is not a good candidate for more surgery AND he is leaning towards no radiation or chemo.)
My bottom line is...I'm trying to figure out what to expect for end-stage disease IF he wants no treatment. I have been researching but am having trouble with finding "nuts and bolts." Is this a case of damned if he does; damned if he doesn't regarding pain and quality of life?
Don't get me wrong...I understand the "real" end-result, but I am trying to figure about eating, talking, swallowing...etc. Any guidance is appreciated.