Jan 08, 2014 - 11:33 pm
As the title says, just diagnosed with cancer and they are getting ready to treat me at OHSU and the Portland Oregon VA.
I've been told I will receive thirty five radiation treatments and three chemo treatments. Side effects include loss of saliva
gland on left side of mouth, potential loss of some or all of my molars, no taste buds for six to nine months and diffculty swallowing
for who knows how long.
My question has to do with course of treatment and I'd like to hear from anybody that has been through this already.
I'm more than a little concerned about the amount of radiation they will be administering given my lack of symptons.
My grading is T-1, N-1, M-0. The tonsil has no visiable signs of a problem(four scopes up the nose and they couldn't find
anything, one general anesthesa session with a scope all the way down the throat and on the way out they did the needle
biopsy on the tonsil) and the Lymph Node on the left side of my neck seems to have gotten smaller in the last three months.
They are going to do a PET/CT body scan to look for any more cancer in two weeks.
Does this course of treatment seem a bit much given the findings?
Thanks for any thoughts or input,
PS Where is spell check on this site?????