Feb 21, 2013 - 6:42 pm
i am new to this forum. as I type, I am sitting in hospital room with my wife who has just undergone surgery for tongue cancer. They removed about 1/3 of her tongue and put flesh from her arm in its place and flesh from her leg in the arms place. She is thought to be stage 2 but we havent got pathology report back yet. She is 28 yr old school teacher, doesn't drink and doesn't smoke And it is not thought to be hpv 16 related. I don't really even know what I'm asking; just looking for support I supposse. for my entire life, I have paid no attention to cancer related stories but now I can't stop looking them up. I feel so bad for the suffering people all over the world endure due to this disease. So very sad and dark right now. We actually went to a dentist on jan 2 of this year and came back for two more visits and every time they dismissed our concerns about the tongue sore. Only after going to another dr mid February was the alarm raised. I am so mad right now I have stonach aches and depression. Are they liable? Shouldn't they be punished? I know priority one is getting my love healthy but I feel so helpless and want to feel like I am doing something. Does anyone have experience with dentists failing to diagnose? Would 45 days have made a difference in regards to having caught it in stage one? Thanks for y'all's time and I'm so sorry to all that have been effected by this disease. I pray for us all.