May 11, 2013 - 7:50 am
I am new to the boards. My 45 year old brother was diagnosed with a Primary Parotid Tumor with 3 positive lymph glands (Stage 4). He had a parotidectomy and neck dissection and they severed a branch of his parotid nerve. The margins were clear. Path report show poorly differentiated "squamous like " cells. No there history of any cancer for him-including skin which seems to have them baffled. Saw radiation oncologist and will start 6.5 weeks of daily radiation shortly (both sides of his neck we had assumed just one). Was also told they want him to get chemo as well (this was news to us since they had been steering us that he would not get chemo). They told us that Stage 4 for Head and Neck is not as bad as other cancers. They also warned him that the combo of radiation and chemo is really going to make him sick from about week 3/4 for about a month and would take a month to recover. They also thought he might need a feeding tube as well during this time.
Looking for any info from people who have the same diagnosis, went through the combined treatment modalities, side effects, survival rates, info on reoccurance...anything.