Sep 14, 2013 - 9:05 am
Hi. I'm new here. my brother was recently dx with stage 4 ssc of tongue and tonsils. He had a pet scan Friday and will get the results Monday. My understanding is that if the cancer has not spread, he will have a surgery to insert a feeding tube and then a few days later he will have a 12-15 hour surgery to remove the cancer and do reconstruction. They will take skin from his leg and his arm for the reconstruction. Then he will be in the hospital for two weeks. Sometims rafter he comes home he will start radiation and/or chemo.
It seems like a lot of other people have started with radiation before having surgery. Does anyone know why they might be doing the surgery first?
Also, one of his doctors said that his lymph nodes "felt full". Does this mean its likely that the cancer is in his lymph nodes?
I am not directly involved in his treatment so I'm getting all of the information second hand. Does this sound like standard treatment?
Aloso, does anyone have suggestions on how I can best support him? Right now he is terrified of both the surgery and the possibility of dying.
Aher suggestions, advice or information would be appreciated.