Aug 07, 2013 - 10:31 am
As many of you know, my Dad finished his tx Sept 2012 for BOT cancer with multiple lymph nodes involved. He had chemo/rads. Then he had CT scans and ultrasounds and physycal check-ups where they saw one lymph node still slightly enlarged (firstly 2cm and now in August even smaller: 1,8cm). It's actually no wonder because before tx the package of lymph nodes measured 8 cm in diameter. They performed three needle biopsies (two of them were guided by ultrasound). All three biopsies had inconclusive results due to lack of useful material in nodes.
But they said it is probably just junk and "leftover" from radiation and that lymph node is just damaged.
Today he had his regular check up where all looked good and doctor checked his mouth, tongue and neck. But also his case was now presented to tumour board where they were deciding what to do next: only monitor those nodes regulary and in case of some activitiy they will make a neck dissection to take that suspicious lymph node out, or: take that node out right away.
They decided this last think - to take that node out. He is now having operation after 26th August. They will take this node out and if it looks ok they won't touh other nodes. But if that node shows some C cells in it, they will take out some more nodes.
So even if they take only one node out it is called neck dissection, right? I did not read much about neck dissections on this board because it was not an option for Dad yet. But now it is coming out way too. So, how did you take the operation? How did recovery go? It's probably "walk in the park" compared to rads, right? I hope... But I think that it is better safe than sorry and that it is a good think to take that node out.
Thank you again, I read you every day and pray that you will all be ok!
Sorry for my english, I was typing fast - still at work (in slovenia it is 4.30 pm now).