Nov 18, 2013 - 6:59 pm
I am new to the site. Feeling a little lost and helpless. Here's my story.
About a month ago my husband, who is 51, non smoker and non drinker, went to our PC Dr. with swollen lymph nodes in the left side of his neck. He was put on antibiotics for two weeks. After no change in two weeks our PC Dr. scheduled a biopsy of the lymph nodes. The biopsy came back indicating cancer. From there we went to an ENT, he gave us the results of the biopsy as cancer in the lymph nodes with a HPV marker. After an exam he believes the cancer originated in the left tonsil. We are now set up for a PET Scan and CT Scan Tuesday.
Here is my question, we did not pick this doctor, we do like him and have heard positive things about the group he is with. How do you know if you have the right doctor? We don't know what stage cancer it is yet but I keep reading about Robotic Surgery and I mentioned it to the ENT he said they would not use robotic surgery that they would cut it out manually and follow up with 35 treatments of radiation, based on what we know right now. I'm sure we will know more after the PET Scan and CT Scan Tuesday. My husband is so anxious to get it out, he just wants it out. I want it gone but the way that will offer us the best survival rate.
Any suggestions or advice would be very much appreciated. I am just a ball of mixed emotions right now.