May 19, 2013 - 10:56 am
My brother in law has two large tumors on both sides of his neck along with growth in the front. Radical surgery in Nov 2012 removed a very large mass in his throat, however, it has all grown back. The chemo did not work and they put off radiation because of a fistula from the surgery. Now he is starting radiation tomorrow and I have to wonder if the side effects are going to be worth it. They are telling us radiation is only for pain control and not cure. He has some nodules in his lungs, but the VA wont do a PET Scan so we do not know if it is cancer in his lungs. They are 80% sure it is, but they refuse to do the PET. Wondering if anyone else has seen such an aggressive head and neck cancer and what are we to expect. How fast does this cancer kill when it is not being treated?