Dec 08, 2012 - 2:40 am
Hello New Friends,
Hubby had his consult with MDA today. Every staff member was very caring and informative in regard to his welfare(just like the commercial shows it) LOL I'm not making fun of it, but it was a little overwhelming meeting doctor, financial advisor, oncology nurse, clinical advisor, and swallowing technician within a 90 minute span.
After the exam, doctor confirmed tongue cancer far in the back(hard for him to see) and 2 neck lymph nodes. He will be ordering CT(head and chest) with contrast and more labs. He will also confer with the various specialists required to provide optimal care. Together, they will decide on a treatment plan. It is not known yet whether surgery will precede or follow chemo and rads. Since there are a cardio and a pulmonary in the mix of specialists, a decision will be made regarding what to do about hubby's current A-Fib and a lung biopsy.
Hubby does feel more comfortable(or as much as one could be) in this "all inclusive" setting. The one thing that surprised us is that there seemed to be few patients there. I expected the place to be running over with people. Of course, we are in Arizona(not Texas) and this is a relatively new center in this area. They also compete here with Mayo and CCoA.
Thanks to everyone who responded to my original post. It is good to know that insurance should cover the nutritional supplements. I got a few Kellogg's Breakfast drinks for now as his appetite is failing. Was hoping for the "phantom" gas card that ACS sometimes provides, but no funding for HN cancer in this neck of the woods. Heck of a time to be driving a big 4WD truck that stops at all gas stations.
So for now, will hang on with all fingers and toes crossed. Will post again when results are in or if my sanity starts to slip.