May 23, 2013 - 11:28 pm
I am from Australia and my dad has just been diagnosed 4 weeks ago with a Squamous cell carcinoma in one of the lymph nodes in his neck. It was removed 3 weeks ago along with 40 other lymph nodes in the area. tests come back showing it as only the one lymph node as being cancerous though. so thats good news. It measured 8.5cm in size. There was slight damage to some nerves and such in the operation, he has lost feeling on some of the right side of his mouth, tougne and shoulder. His speech is slightly not right aswell. The doctors are hopeful with time it will come back to some degree. He also needs to have 4 lower teeth removed before the treatment starts as the radio is apparently will kill them.
In 3 weeks time he will start some intense Radiotherapy and low dose chemo. He will do Radio 5 days per week once a day for 33 treatments. Doctors say there is a good chance that he will get quite sick from the radio. I am just wondering how other people have gone with this type of treatment? Have you become really sick? Were you okay? How dependant were you on your caregiver? How long after the treatment did the acute side effects take to go away? How long after the radio/chemo was the next step in your treatment? How are you dealing with your long term side effects? what are your long term side effects?
Any help is greatly appreciated.