Aug 04, 2013 - 5:49 pm
Hi I have a question regarding the treatment window for radiation therapy and chemo after surgery. My husbad has Squamous cell carcinoma of his right tonsil that spread to his lymph nodes on the same side, removal of both tonsils and radical neck disection on June 12th. They removed about 30 lymph nodes from his neck only 1 node was positive for cancer but it was larger than an egg and it broke from the inside of lymph node to the outside,all other pathology was negative. They said the optimal time to start his radiation and Chemo was within 6 weeks but due to dental issues he had a tooth removed and it was not healing well and now he may have to have another tooth worked on (that the dentist cracked on accident and is now bothering him)we are on week 8 now but if they cant fix and have to remove this other tooth we could be at week 10 before they can start. My question is I would think that this kind of thing happens often where treatment has to be delayed for one reason or another but does there come a point where he has missed his window and treatment is not an option?A nurse practitioner for the surgeon said there comes a point wherethey don't even bother so now he is so filled with anxiety that it may be spreading while we wait. very concerned and confused.