Mar 24, 2013 - 11:41 am
My husband is on the schedule to begin Erbitux infusion treatments beginning this Wednesday (March 27). Quick back story: H&N SCC of the base of tongue in 2005 successfully radiated and treated with chemotherapy; healthy and active for 7 1/2 years, the SCC came backon the side of his oral tongue; surgery and partial reconstruction of tongue, another success story in November 2012, no treatments. Progressed remarkably well, speaking and eating within a month, skiing 5 weeks after surgery. Mid February a sore appears on tongue, biopsy reveals tumor of the tongue, PET/CT scan shows metastisized lymph glands in the neck. Surgery March 5, tumor on tongue removed, neck lymph glands inoperable for numerous reasons. Radio-oncologist doesn't want to re-irradiate due to massive amounts received in 2005. Onocologist suggests Erbitux infusion as paleative (sp?) meassure. WHO HAS HAD ERBITUX and what were the successes and failures? Side effects? (Know about the rash) Would love to hear thoughts.
We are to see an ENT radio-oncologist in NYC tomorrow who may have a different approach than our local radiologist. Hubby fairly certain he does not want to have the raditation again, but we need to hear all our choices. AGAIN, thoughts on re-irradiation for head and neck? We've been told by numerous doctors that he will lose his ability to swallow and be dependent on a PEG tube for the rest of his life, however long that may be.
Would like feedback. Thank you and bless you all. Suzi