Apr 08, 2013 - 1:00 am
My husband was diagnosed with tonsilar cancer (post tonsilectomy two weeks ago), with one lymph node involved on the left side of his neck. This was all after discovering a lump on the left side of his neck in late November, early December. We are fortunate we have the VA, as he is a disabled Veteran, and that's all we have. He trusts them, I have to trust them, and we both trust God is guiding them.
They did a biopsy in February which was positive for undifferentiated cells of the lymph node, then a PET Scan which showed some "possible" involvment of the tonsils. Within 5 days of that, they performed a tonsilectomy which confirmed positive for the primary. That was two weeks ago, and the recovery from that has been somewhat bruital. He was rehospitalized after bleeding, but got through it all and is now on the mend. We were told it would be rough, but that we'd get through it. They weren't kidding, and, we've gotten through it. Shakes, smoothies, blended foods, whatever he could get down was pretty much what we did. He never got nauseated or sick.
Four days ago, he had a molar and wisdom tooth removed in preparation for radiation, and chemo. On Thursday, he was fitted for his mask. This Tuesday we go to the VA tumor board, in West Los Angeles for recommendation or concur with the current plan of chem and raditation. Then he will be getting a feeding tube. This decision was made after reading what you all wrote about the pro's and con's of feeding tube. THANK YOU!
I would appreciate hearing from you and your recommendations for nutrition, remedies and tips for getting through this treatment. I am grateful and encouraged by what I've read and can't thank you enough for the support. This has already made a huge impact on my wellbeing. My husband.... he's been the rock. He has such a positive attitude.... I've been the wreck!
God Bless you all.