Jun 21, 2013 - 2:39 pm
Today I had my 3-year follow-up appointment with my local chemo oncologist and radiation oncologist. They are now seeing me every six months. These folks are different from my local ENT and my Stanford Head/Neck Surgical Oncologist who seem to be doing me a lot more good. I attempted to initiate a conversation with my Radiation doc about osteoradionecrosis of the jaw, and she was no help at all. She claims it is a non-issue.
A local head/neck cancer buddy she treated at the same time she treated me is now losing his teeth. She informed me that she knew of him, and he was losing his teeth as a result of his chemo, and his medications, and NOT as a result of ORN. Um. Ok. That is not what his dentist is telling him.
This is the same gal who told me I couldn't use the dental trays my dentist made for me to prevent radiation scatter. She also told me that I had no need for amifostine. Kind of wishing I'd put up more of a fight, back then.
Oh well. Water under the bridge... It certainly isn't water in my mouth, BECAUSE THERE ISN'T ANY. OK, vent over.
Deb (thriving in spite of it all)