Jul 26, 2013 - 11:30 am
This is a first post for me - I have squamous cell - cheek , nose, lip with nerve involvement . Their primary course of action would remove my nose (half missing already), my cheek bone because the CA is following nerve, hopefully not my eye ( "see when we get in there"), and my upper lip. This followed by radiation.
I have seen 2 surgeons and tumor board and they are sending me to surgeon who has done more of these " complicated" surgeries.
I obviously dread a maxillectomy and at 63 I am considering not having surgery and just getting radiation and chemo.
What is the "quality of life" following this kind of surgery and how much time is invested in recovery and attempts to do some reconstruction ( apparently limited /mostly prosthetic)?
I would appreciate any feedback - this "plan " is crashing down on me and a need to make surgery decsion very soon. Thank you very much . Steve