May 10, 2013 - 6:46 am
Hey everybody! I've been reading posts almost everyday but find it hard to be active on the board due to a lot of work lately.
My dad, as some of you already know, had finished his tx in September 2012 and in January CT showed a bit enlarged lymph node in his neck (they said it was probably from radiation which hit him very hard). So, in April they did an ultrasound guided needle biopsy of that node (2x1 cm) which showed "husks, debris and pherypheral blood" - material was not diagnostic. So his RAD ONC doctor sceduled him for another appointment in May. We were there on Wednesday, she examined his mouth and throat and no sign of tumour anywhere (he had BOT cancer). But she said that they have to come to conclusion about that small lymph node which is still a bit enlarged, so they did another needle biopsy. And again: aspirated material is not diagnostic!!! So, the doctor will probably order another ultrasound guided needle biopsy and CT.
She said that it is probably just from radiation (his skin on his neck is still sensicitve and pigmented), but they have to be sure, so they will do anything to make sure that nodes are clean. Otherwise they will do disection, probably.
Ahhh.. I hate because two biopsies showed non-diagnostic material.
On the other hand... my Dad is doing good. Gaining weight, eating more solid foods, but it is not easy, because he has not much saliva. But all in all he is great. He stopped using any medication or pain killers 6 months after chemoradiaton. He was really hit hard with treatment and from September to December he just slept all day. But now his is ok. I hope we will clear out finally what does that slightly enlarged node mean.
Thank you again for all your support and God bless each and every one of you!!