Dec 13, 2012 - 8:41 am
Still fairly new to the sight, but looking for some advice on how to get through the next couple of weeks. My husband's surgery to remove part of his tongue and all the lymph nodes on both sides of his neck is Monday morning. I already am having major difficultly sleeping, working, or doing much of anything except worrying. I am sure he is more than likely having more issues that I. So at times, I feel horrible thinking about what I am going through, when he is dealing with so much more!
The doctors have said it will be a 12-15 hour surgery as the reconstructive team will be there also to reconstruct what they remove.
He was orignally diagnosed with Stage 4 base of the tongue cancer, HPV+, with 2 nodes involved. He has already had radiation (40 treatements) and chemo (Erbitux-once a week for 8 weeks), and unfortunately, it did not get all the cancer; so it continued to grow and is now larger than the original tumor. I am scared because the doctors said that he cannot have anymore radiation in that area. Does anyone know if that is the case? My concern is if even one cancer cell gets by the surgeon, or if this reoccurs, what are his options then?