Jan 21, 2013 - 4:01 pm
I am new to this site and this discussion group. For more than a year, I suffered from a chronic sore throat that included neck pain, stiff neck, eare pain, headaches and difficulty swallowing. Multiple tests including two ENT endoscopies, an upper GI endocsopy, a barium swallow test, a thyroid ultra-sound and allergy testing failed to produce either a diagnosis or any relief.
After celebrating the anniversary of my sore throat, I revisited my ENT and declared something was seriously wrong and he had to find it. Another throat endoscopy during that visit found the tumor - at the base of my tongue just above the epiglottis. Two weeks, a CT scan and a biopsy later and this afternoon I was diagnosed with Stage III throat cancer. Lymph nodes on both sides of my neck appear to be involved. A PET scan is coming in 10 days.
In anticipation of this, I visited a Cancer Care Center that is local and highly recommended. Within 24 hours of the biopsy review, they have me schedulked for a series of appointments with a radiation oncologist, surgiucal oncologist and a various other cancer team specialists.
I am determined to do whatever is necessary but I am also very anxious. I look forward to getting to know some of you and to learn what has helped you along the way.
By the way, I am a 57 year-old man, in otherwise good health, with three children and four grandchildren.
Thanks in advance for your assistance with questions and concerns.