Apr 11, 2013 - 10:38 am
I am not too worried about this but I thought I would ask folks about it. I am 13 days post-surgery after receiving tonsillectomy and biopsies of tongue, plus selective neck dissection both sides. They found a small primary tumor at the base of the tongue. It was really tough after surgery, but I have been making steady progress, feeling better and better every day. I am still on a pretty soft diet but I have been able to eat real food for about 5 days. However, during the last two days I have taken a turn for the worse. My throat feels really tight like there is a noose around my neck. Also, swallowing has become more difficult again - it hurts and feels like there is lump in my throat when I swallow that I didn't feel 2 days ago. Today I can't easily eat foods that I was eating 2 days ago.
Have others with similar surgeries experienced the "neck noose" or a worsening of pain when swallowing about 2 weeks after surgery?
Oh, by the way, I received a test result indicating that my H&N cancer is probably HPV related. P16 test showed the cancer cells were strongly positive for P16. Good news in terms of treatment outcomes and survival rates, but fromw what I have read on this discussion board this finding will probably not affect my course of treatment.
I am meeting with the radiology oncologist at Mayo Clinic next week to talk about a treatment plan. I will be getting a second opinion from another RO.